Scholastic, Apple wipe Israel off the map

ios7While Sudan, Libya, and Saudi Arabia can been seen in the right spots on a map, Israel is fully covered by Jordan with the territories of both states evenly colored in red in a book by the world’s biggest publisher of children’s titles.

In another similar Israel-missing case, Apple and its much-anticipated operating system, iOS 7, presented the new world clock options on the iOS 7. It listed Jerusalem without a country.

A senior vice president for corporate communications at Scholastic, Kyle Good, is looking into this.

“The Geronimo Stilton series is published in Italy and Scholastic translates the books for the US audience,” Good said in an emailed comment. “I’m awaiting a response from the editorial team regarding the timing of reprints and whether this will be corrected. I will get back to you as soon as I have their response.”

Scholastic, founded in Pennsylvania in 1920, is the world’s largest publishing companies known for publishing educational materials for children, parents, schools and teachers. It distributes children’s books through its book clubs, teaching resources and popular book fairs held inside many North American schools as well as online.

The company has exclusive publishing rights for the Harry Potter series in the United States.

It is not the first time Israel has not been found on the world’s map.

According to a recent study, 96 percent of Palestinian school textbooks did not mention Israel by name in their maps. At the same time, 87 percent of Israeli school textbooks did not have lines between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, or did not name it at all.