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British Textbook Erases Israel From Map

December 31, 2012 7:41 pm 11 comments

Map of Middle East Without Israel. Photo: Israel Today.

Garnet Education, an independent English-Language Teaching (ELT) instructor in Britain, issued a textbook that contains a map with “Occupied Palestine” in place of Israel.

“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!” Liz Wiseman told Israel Today.

The textbook in question is “Skills in English Writing Level 1,” which includes a map of the Middle East. Wiseman acknowledges she is not obligated to use this particular textbook, but notes it is one of the more popular and mainstream English Language Teaching (ELT) textbooks published by Garnet, which is quite popular and mainstream itself.

A picture of the map can be seen above.


  • It’s all a continuation of Britain’s not-so “Secret War Against the Jews,” described in the book of that title. They’ve been undermining the ability of Jews to move to Palestine since early 1900s. They sank or turned back boats carrying refugees from Germany after the war. Even Einstein saw the stuff they were made of, and got out after visiting there only a few weeks with a very cold reception.

  • A copy of my letter sent to garnet education…

    To Whom It May Concern;

    It has come to my attention that your textbooks showing maps of the Middle East show Israel to be occupied palestine. This is an egregious act of propaganda pure and simple. This should not be considered an acceptable form of teaching impressionable young minds. The way to rectify this would be to recall those ‘questionable textbooks’ in question and replace them at no cost to anyone but your own company and to issue a written apology on your website in plain site. To do anything less wouldn’t be an acceptable form of apology and would smack of insincerity. It is my fervent wish that this email finds itself in the proper hands and that the right choices are made subsequently.


    Bathsheva Gladstone

  • Angela Pangela

    Excuse me? Garnet is an independent publisher. The material they publish is NOT used in mainstream education, nor is it endorsed by the National curriculum. If you have any gripe, take it up with them. Don’t label us fools, biggots or racist because of THEIR publishing error!
    Jeezo man I’m an Irish/ Scot, we have had more than our fare share of occupation and suffering at the hands of the Brits but even I can see it’s not the fault of ‘The Brits’

  • In response to my email, I have received this reply from Garnet Education:

    “Thank you for your recent email enquiry about the map that appears in Skills in English Writing – Level 1.

    “Unfortunately the map was mislabelled ‘Occupied Palestine’. This was a serious editorial error and was subsequently corrected. The book in question has not been in print for several years.

    “Please accept our sincere apologies for any offence caused but rest assured that this was a genuine mistake and in no way reflects any Garnet Education policy.

    “Kind regards,

    “Garnet Education”

  • I am British but am do not align myself with Garnet Education publishers. I have gone to their site and left the following message: I strongly object to a recent publication used by Garnet Education describing the land/nation of Israel as ‘occupied palestine’. This is not fact but ‘propaganda’. Propaganda is known to be used for political purposes to subvert truth. Adolf Hilter in recent history used it widely, he was not a true statesman and his purposes need no further explanation apart from noting the destructive nature and intent of his propaganda observed and documented by the world and history.

  • Are most of their students Muslims that live in the UK and need to learn English?

  • I guess considering it’s Britain I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am and apalled. Quite a nervy reprehensible act! I don’t know what consequences there should be, but they should absolutely face the music on this egregious act of intentional ill will.

  • Start a megaphone campaign from Wednesday . Block their phone lines . Report to JC to publicise . Grounds for claim for racial discrimination.

  • Al Kaganovsky


  • Shame on the british. ,those fools. Have been racists colonializing biggots, and. Pretending to have. Some edge on civilization when in reality they posses the brains of backwood babboons.. How obvious is their intent at. Wipping out. ISREAL OF. THE. MAP? Those plans will not. Work. ..

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