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U.K. Publisher Apologizes for Textbook Labeling Map of Israel 'Occupied Palestine


"A genuine mistake."


A U.K. publisher has apologized for a textbook map that labeled Israel as "Occupied Palestine."

A U.K. publisher has apologized for a "serious editorial error" in a textbook that labeled a map of Israel as "Occupied Palestine."

British teacher Liz Wiseman told Israel Today that she came across the map in a 2003 edition of "Skills in English Writing -- Level 1."

"I teach English as a foreign language in a further education college in Nottingham, England. I came across the attached map and couldn't believe my eyes!" Wiseman said.

Publisher Garnet Education called the label a "genuine mistake," saying that version of the book has not been in print for several years and was corrected shortly after publication, though there are apparently old copies still floating around.

"This was a serious editorial error and was subsequently corrected. The book in question has not been in print for several years," Garnet posted on its website. "Please accept our sincere apologies for any offense caused but rest assured that this was a genuine mistake and in no way reflects any Garnet Education policy."

Wiseman told Israel Today she was not required to use the book, but said it was one of the more popular English as a second language texts.

Garnet said it's unlikely many institutions are still using the 2003 edition as "the life cycle of education materials tends to be relatively short." The publisher said it has no remaining stock of the book and is trying to track down institutions that may still be using it.

"This mistake pre-dates the existing editorial team so it is difficult to understand exactly what happened. We have checked the manuscript submitted by the authors and this did not include the map or a brief for the map so the blame does not rest with them," Garnet posted.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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