As it has throughout virtually all of its existence, the nation of Israel continues to face countless enemies dedicated to wiping it off of the map. Symbolically, many anti-Israel groups have done just that by creating maps that show Palestine or some other inaccurate name in its place.
Among the latest to scrub God’s chosen nation from a publication is leading children’s book publisher Scholastic. According to recent reports, one book in a series translated by the publishing giant clearly shows a map of the Middle East featuring an enlarged Jordan eclipsing Israeli territory.
The book, “Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” was originally printed in Italian as part of the Geronimo Stilton series of adventure stories for kids. Scholastic published the book, which chronicles the exploits of journalists looking for Egyptian treasure, in 2012.
One mother in Jerusalem was outraged to discover her home country missing as she read the book to her young son.
“I wanted to show my son where we lived in the Middle East,” Adina Golombek explained, “but it didn’t say Israel on the map. Instead it said Jordan.”
Though upset by the omission, she did not let it hinder her effort to share Israel’s heritage with her child.
“I showed him the problem and drew in the border of where Israel is today,” she explained.
While Golombek was thankfully proactive and addressed the issue with her son, too many people let this and other slights toward Israel pass without a second thought.
Unfortunately, this children’s book is just the latest in a long line of efforts to erase Israel. When asked about the issue, an official at Scholastic was less than forthcoming.
Kyle Good explained that he is “waiting for a response from the editorial team regarding the timing of reprints and whether this will be corrected.”
Israel is no stranger to outside threats; however, this ongoing passive approach might cause even greater damage than a military strike. As more people see maps without the nation listed, many will likely associate Israel with some level of illegitimacy.
This would only pave the way for Palestine – which actually is an illegitimate nation – to further pursue its goal of overtaking the Jewish state.
–B. Christopher Agee
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