ABC hits back after claims it 'wiped Israel off the map'

The ABC graphic related to “marry your rapist” laws in the region.
The ABC graphic related to “marry your rapist” laws in the region.

THE ABC has angrily hit back at claims it "wiped Israel off the map" in a news graphic, describing the allegations as incorrect and offensive.

Avi Yemini, prominent Israeli activist and founder of Krav Maga company IDF Training, posted a photo to Facebook on Friday showing a clip from ABC news with "Palestine" in the place of Israel.

"Last night ABC News wiped Israel off their map," he wrote. "They're literally doing the Islamists' dirty work for them. We must DEFUND these traitors immediately."

The ABC has slammed the comments, saying the graphic was part of a segment about Lebanon abolishing so-called "marry your rapist" laws.

"This story was about the repealing of a law in Lebanon that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims," a spokeswoman said.

"The accompanying graphic showed countries where this law had already been repealed (in blue) and countries where campaigners were actively trying to have it repealed (in yellow). This law does not exist in Israel, and never has, so it was not shown in the graphic."

Last year, Cotton On was forced to pull a world globe from its Typo stationery stores after a similar error caused anger in the Jewish community.

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