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January 1st, 2015
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The map and the territories
The publisher HarperCollins has been accused of publishing a book used by schools in the Middle East that contains a map in which Israel has been omitted.

I don't think they've just been accused, I think they've done it.

When I first saw the headline, I was hoping it was a weird computer glitch, but HarperCollins has defended it.
However, Collins Bartholomew, a subsidiary of HarperCollins, said that supplying maps including Israel would be “unacceptable” to customers in the Gulf countries and that the map was a response to “local preferences”.

Update: HarperCollins is withdrawing the atlases
“HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas," the statement from the U.S.-based publishing giant says. "This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologises for this omission and for any offence caused.”
I expect that the atlases which were distributed will become collectors items. I wonder what HarperCollins will do to supply atlases for the Gulf countries, or if they'll bail out on the contracts.

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Date:January 1st, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
That takes the "right not to be offended" to new depths.
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Date:January 1st, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
Blogging this; thanx
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Date:January 1st, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
It’s an international version of what Texas does to US textbooks.
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Date:January 1st, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
What do they do?
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Date:January 1st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
Texas is one of the states that makes textbook purchases on a statewide basis. Texas is also a very large state, and a correspondingly large market; it is also a conservative state. Things that Texas objects to tend to get omitted or elided by textbook publishers with an eye to the bottom line; so, eventually, do things that textbook publishers think that Texas might object to if the publishers put them in.

There used to be a married couple in Texas whose mission in life -- presumably because they couldn't think of anything better to do with themselves -- was to go through prospective textbooks looking for offensive material and then mobilizing a lobbying machine to get rid of those textbooks. I think they're dead now, but their malign influence lingers on.
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Date:January 1st, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Here are some details on the changes that religious conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education managed to get into their textbooks using the power of bulk purchasing.
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Date:January 1st, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
I may have had a sudden insight as to why the government of Israel tends to take action on the premise that the Shoah is not over:

There are accomplices volunteering to help it along.
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Date:January 1st, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
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