“For months, publishing giant HarperCollins has been selling an atlas it says was developed specifically for schools in the Middle East. It trumpets the work as providing students an ‘in-depth coverage of the region and its issues. Its stated goals include helping kids understand the ‘relationship between the social and physical environment, the region’s challenges [and] its socio-economic development.’ Nice goals. But there’s one problem: Israel is missing.”
In other words, Israel got eliminated from this atlas that was designed to cater to Middle Eastern countries that take umbrage with the fact that Israel…exists. Making maps always has political overtones and the company is now realizing that you can’t please everyone with different versions for distinct audiences. Now, HarperCollins has pulled the book and will pulp all remaining versions of the atlas.