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A European travel website has been listing Jerusalem – recognized by the United States and other countries as Israel’s capital – as an “Israeli settlement.”

Michael Freilich, chief editor of the Joods Actueel newspaper in Belgium, said, “I thought it was a hoax until I checked it out and saw it with my own eyes.”

He said he had been tipped by a reader about the treatment of Jerusalem by Booking.com.

The Times of Israel reported the company made a correction on Tuesday, acknowledging Jerusalem to be in Israel, after Freilich wrote the company.

Booking.com has not responded to Joods Actueel’s query, Freilich told the Times, but made the fix within a few hours of his sending the email.

President Trump created an international furor last year when he decided to allow a 20-year-old American law to take effect that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S. moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Arab nations erupted in anger and some said the move disqualified the U.S. from participating in any peace talks regarding the Middle East.

However, since then several other nations have made the same move.

Israeli sovereignty in the western part of the city is internationally recognized. It is Israel’s control over the eastern part, which the Jewish state annexed in the 1980s, that is disputed.

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