HarperCollins omits Israel from school atlas


#1

HarperCollins omits Israel from school atlas
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has accused the publishing giant HarperCollins of harming peace efforts in the Middle East by leaving Israel off its maps

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11318286/HarperCollins-omits-Israel-from-school-atlas.html


#2

I am not sure this is anything but the golden rule, those who have the gold and buy the textbooks make the rules. I wonder if textbooks in mainland China show Taipei as the capital of the Republic of China?


#3

One wonders if HarperCollins wants to revitalize the “three no’s” of the Khartoum Resolution?


#4

Harper Collins is in a business to make money. If the demand by the bigots of the ME is wipe Israel off the map, Harper Collins is supplying that demand. The bigotry of the ME is creating the demand. The falisified map did not create the demand, but is simply assuaging it.
With the principle of Christians forced to cater to gay marriage against their conscience, it is already well established that morality of the supplier cannot be a factor in refusing to provide someone a service, whether or not the supplier agrees with the morality of the demand.


#5

I don’t think there is any evidence that Harper Collins was forced to make those maps. Not that making maps without Israel would be particularly immoral, anymore than making maps without the Republic of China is immoral.


#6

Did you read the article? The books were being seIzed at the border and any reference is to Israel as a State deleted before they’re allowed to continue on to the schools. I don’t blame HarperCollins for doing this-only way they can sell books in the Middle East . However it is still another commentary on the fact that the Arabs will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth .


#7

Maybe if the bigots in Israel didn’t prevent another country from coming onto a map not just in a textbook but in reality they would be.


#8

It is not clear that they are being systemically siezed, but it is clear that HarperCollins is freely and willingly participating in the process.

However, Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specialises in maps, said that including Israel would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and the amendment incorporated “local preferences”.


#9

Did HC just start selling these atlases in the ME? It seems this situation should have been encountered before.

The ME has its mores as it does in how women dress, etc.


#10

Maybe they thought no one would notice!


#11

Not true. Israel is there but the country is just not labeled.


#12

It has been common for years for maps sold in Arab countries not to include Israel.


#13

Please don’t use derogatory terms such as bigotry or bigots.

Keep all posts charitable.


#14

Yea, that’s what has prevented peace all these years. Uh huh.


#15

US has been blocking any attempt to give Palestine statehood. Yesterday the US vetoed a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood. The conditions in Gaza are dismal. The people there are suffering terribly.


#16

Yesterday the US didn’t actually veto anything since the vote fell short. 8/15 “for,” 2/15 “against,” 5/15 “we don’t want to anger anyone so we just won’t vote one way or the other”


#17

The US voted against the resolution for Palestinian statehood. France voted for the resolution.


#18

Yes, and 5 members didn’t vote at all and the vote failed. Hence the US didn’t veto it yesterday.


#19

How tragic, then, that Hamas used all of that concrete, reinforcing rod and labor to dig tunnels under Israeli schools instead of building homes for its people.

But dollars to donuts, if a lot of concrete is allowed into Gaza again (and some will be) they’ll do the very same thing with it again.

One wonders what “back channel” communication Fatah used to encourage the U.S. veto, since its leaders will all be exiled or dead if a “Palestinian state” is actually created in the West Bank, just as was the case when Hamas took over Gaza. But Fatah does have to keep up the pretense.


#20

It is not Harper Collins place to censure the demands of the people of the Middle East. If the demand is for maps with Israel erased from the paper, then businesses are there to supply the demand.

This speaks more of the nature of the Middle East than it does of the values of Harper Collins. Harper Collins is a business. Its obligation is to its shareholders. If Israel puts in an order with its borders extended from the Nile to the Euphrates, the same would hold true.
But as far as I know, there is not much of a demand for that kind of map in Israel. Israelis seem much more interested in depicting the reality of the situation in their textbooks, rather than brainwashing their children to the extents of their borders.


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