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November 13, 2013

Israel Wiped Off the Map in Children's Book, Scholastic Will Correct

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Scholastic, a publisher of children's books, will revise and reprint a book with a map of the Middle East that did not include Israel, the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

The Times of Israel, which broke the story, reported that "While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the territory of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, painted red."

The publisher today expressed regret for the omission and announced that it is "immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint."

Although it is disturbing that a publisher focused on educating children would miss the glaring geographical error, it deserves credit for admitting and rectifying the mistake.

CNN and CBS should take note. Although their corrections to recent falsehoods would be much simpler — they don't have to stop shipment or republish anything, but merely broadcast straightforward corrections online and on the air — editors at each of the networks have inexplicably chosen to stand by the errors.

Posted by GI at November 13, 2013 12:54 PM


It's nice that they retracted but why is it always Israel that gets left out of maps? When was the last time another country was left out of a map?

Dr. Barry

Posted by: Dr. Barry Pinchefsky at November 13, 2013 06:16 PM

A real apology would include a map of Israel, Judea, and Samaria. gaza could be indicated as illegally occupied territory.

Posted by: Marty at November 14, 2013 11:38 AM

Why not have the (Jewish) schools who send in book orders to Scholastic let them know!

Posted by: BARBARA SHAPIRO at November 14, 2013 12:49 PM

They got the pre-1922 Mandatory borders right, just not the name of the country...

Posted by: DanA at November 14, 2013 09:01 PM

It is more than just a map with out an Israel. it is a road map for an ideology to erase the rights of any person who is not a Muslim, and they have us focused just on the Jews, it is a very successful tactic. Write one sided propaganda about the Jews make that the only focus and meanwhile Christian communities are disappearing by the hundreds and Christians fleeing the region in the millions. Blotting out Israel is the end game for shariah law tyranny and the Islamic Revolution that was disguised as "the Arab Spring".

Posted by: jeb stuart at November 15, 2013 12:31 PM

Relax guys. It was just accidentally left off the map because of its small size and has nothing to do with racism.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 23, 2014 05:03 PM

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