Harry Potter publisher skips ‘Israel’ from ME map

Harry Potter publisher skips ‘Israel’ from ME map
Thu Nov 14, 2013 09:48:09

The world’s biggest publisher of children’s titles has skipped the name of Israeli occupation regime from their maps in a school book.

An Israeli mother found out that there was no Israel on the map that showed the Middle East in the book, according to the Times of Israel.

“I wanted to show my son where we lived in the Middle East, but I didn’t see Israel on the map; instead it said Jordan,” Adina Golombek, a resident who moved to al-Quds(Jerusalem) from Canada last year, told the newspaper.

“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” published by Scholastic Inc, is an adventure story of the Thea Sisters, five teen-aged mice, who are invited to Egypt to participate in an archeological excavation.

As the story takes place in the Middle East, a map is provided at the beginning of the book.

It outlines modern Egypt and its neighboring countries – all except for Israel which sits over Palestine in Western maps after occupation of their lands by the Israeli regime in 1948.

There is no Palestine on the map either, while Sudan, Libya, and Saudi Arabia can been seen in the right spots.

The occupied land of Palestine is fully covered by Jordan with the territories of both states evenly colored in red.  

Scholastic, founded in Pennsylvania in 1920, is the world’s largest publishing companies known for publishing educational materials for children, parents, schools and teachers.

It distributes children’s books through its book clubs, teaching resources and popular book fairs held inside many North American schools as well as online.

The company has exclusive publishing rights for the Harry Potter series in the United States.

According to a recent study, 96 percent of Palestinian school textbooks did not mention Israel by name in their maps. At the same time, 87 percent of Israeli school textbooks did not have lines between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, or did not name it at all.

There are at least total of 32 United Nations member states don't recognize Israel or generally/partially don't maintain diplomatic relations with the occupying regime.


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