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Publishing house HarperCollins sold English-language atlases to schools in the Middle East: atlases that don’t show Israel. “Maps can be a very powerful tool in terms of de-legitimizing ‘the other’ and can lead to confusion rather than clarity,” said Dr. Jane Clements, director of the Council of Christians and Jews. “We would be keen to see relevant bodies ensure that all atlases anywhere reflect the official United Nations position on nations, boundaries and all political features.” A spokesman for Collins Bartholomew, the company’s map subsidiary, said including Israel in those atlases would have been “unacceptable” to their Persian Gulf customers, and the particular edition reflected “local preferences.” But a corporate spokesperson said “HarperCollins regrets the omission” of Israel, and announced the company has removed the atlas from sale, and “all remaining stock will be pulped.” (MS/London Telegraph) ...Next up: a special edition for some customers in the American South, showing the Confederate States of America.
Original Publication Date: 25 January 2015
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