HarperCollins’ new atlas, “developed specifically for schools in the Middle East,” omits Israel, reports the Washington Post. The map includes “Gaza” and “West Bank,” but not Israel.
The atlas promises “in-depth coverage of the region and its issues.”
Israel was deleted to satisfy “local preferences,” said a company spokesman.
After public outcry, the publishing giant said it would stop selling the atlas and pulp remaining copies.
“The publication of this atlas will confirm Israel’s belief that there exists hostility toward their country from parts of the Arab world,” a British bishop named Declan Lang, who chairs a conference that first highlighted the omission, told the Tablet.
I don’t think Israel needs any more evidence of hostility.