HarperCollins omits Israel from school atlas

HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing houses, sells English-language atlases to schools in the Middle East that omit Israel.

Collins Middle East Atlases show Jordan and Syria extending to the Mediterranean but do mark the position of the West Bank.

“The publication of this atlas will confirm Israel’s belief that there exists a hostility towards their country from parts of the Arab world. It will not help to build up a spirit of trust leading to peaceful co-existence,” said Bishop Declan Lang, the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, to The Tablet.

  • BillyHW

    Dhimmi bastards.

  • This is surely criminal misrepresentation, and could be dealt with in court.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Oops! This is not the first time this has happened, and every time this gets thrown in the face of publishers, they always mumble apologies, claim it was unintentional, and make the correction. At least, American editions will get it right or there will be public shaming.

  • Blacksmith

    They state this like it is new information, the arabs have been trying to remove Israel for decades. WAKE up people.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Brilliant. Maybe HarperCollins can make us up a map where Rhodesia is still marked,
    the island of Ireland (all 32 counties) are marked as British territory, and Israel’s rightful claims are recognized from the Nile to the Tigris.

    • Pete, why do the British have the right to rule Ireland? Not that they want to, of course. But, assuming of course that you’re for real, I’m genuinely curious about your thought processes here. Maybe leave Northern Ireland out of it, but please explain to me why you believe the Brits have some moral right to rule Ireland.

      • Pete_Brewster

        Mamba, even in the south they long ago figured out Home Rule was never in anybody’s interest, unless you were a Roman priest who could abuse children free from interference from the Garda Siochána, an old Nazi who was bored with Argentina or a parish-pump politician who wouldn’t be elected dog catcher in a self-respecting country—if said country wouldn’t much rather see him hanged for making widows and orphans of loyal Britons.

        The Irish Free State attracted nobody else. On the contrary, Cathleen ni Houlihan drove off any of her children who had anywhere else to go.

        Someone once said that the real reason the Teigs are so gung-ho about the EU in spite of all the abuse from the Germans is because if they had to do it all over again they would have nothing to do with Home Rule. If London offered to take Ireland back with all forgiven and Dublin’s debts assumed—and Dublin allowed a free and fair vote—they’d vote TÁ hands down.

        As it is, support for joining the Free State has never been lower in Ulster, even among the “nationalist community.” They’ve gotten better at figuring out when they’re well off, let’s give them that.

        But you asked me what moral right the Queen has to rule Ireland. Simple. She is, by the grace of God and the will of the Irish people, who never consented to independence or an Irish Republic, the rightful queen of Ireland. The treachery of her British ministers and of the IRA, who made a free and fair election impossible in the south in 1919 (Sinn Féin ran unopposed in most of what became the Free State, as the safety of other candidates was no longer guaranteed) didn’t change that.

        • Catholic priests, “teigs”, Blah blah blah. I didn’t ask you for today’s opinion polls in Ulster, I asked what moral right do you think you have to someone else’s country?

          The Irish never voted for Liz.