by: the Common Constitutionalist
Everyone knows the name HarperCollins. It’s one of the world’s largest publishing houses and is the parent company of many subsidiaries around the globe.
One of the subsidiaries is British-based Collins Bartholomew, who produces textbooks and maps. One such publication was entitled “Collins Middle East Atlas – Learn with Maps,” which was produced recently for English-speaking schools in Arab countries.
I can already picture the gears turning in your heads, saying to yourselves – “Okay – what did they do?”
Well, it seems Collins Bartholomew wanted to be sensitive to the Arab world, so they completely omitted Israel from their Atlas. OneNewsNow reported that “they omitted Israel because other regional customers objected to its inclusion in the maps, labeling it ‘unacceptable’ – objections that Collins Bartholomew described as ‘local preferences’. Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, spoke about the incident. ‘I think it’s rather stunning,’ she said, ‘and it was a conscious decision – a decision quite frankly that much of the world is making in this new climate of anti-Semitism: and that is ‘Erase Israel’.”