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Publisher of British Textbook That Erased Israel From Map: “We Are Taking This Matter Extremely Seriously”

January 2, 2013 12:46 pm 6 comments

Map of Middle East Without Israel. Photo: Israel Today

The British publisher of a textbook that featured a map that labelled Israel as “Occupied Palestine” has apologized for the error. A message posted to the Garnet company’s website read in part, “This was a serious editorial error and was subsequently corrected. The book in question has not been in print for several years.”

In a further twist, The Commentator revealed that the company is owned by the Tahseen Khayat Group of Lebanon. The Tahseen Khayat Group also owns Garnet’s “sister group” Ithaca Press, which describes itself as a ‘leading publisher of academic books on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, most recently featuring the ‘Great Books of Islamic Civilisation’ and books such as ‘Through the Wall of Fire’ which documents, “the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians beginning in 1948.”

Nicky Pratt, Publisher of Garnet Education, who didn’t work at Garnet when the book was published in 2003, wrote in an email to The Algemeiner that he  “cannot with any confidence determine why it happened,”  and added that “Garnet Education has never had a political agenda and as a publisher that sells globally would never seek to alienate any client. Please be assured that we are taking this matter extremely seriously, and will ensure that such an error is not repeated in the future.”

He further added in the email: “Since this course has been out of print for some time, and the ‘life-cycle’ of educational materials tends to be relatively short (normally a maximum of five years), it is unlikely that very many institutions will be using the 2003 edition. It’s not easy to identify who these people might be, as all publishers have a system of third-party distribution, and our main distributor has changed in the last few years. Our Sales team are currently trying to track down as many people as possible who have been in receipt of these books, in order to either replace them with the corrected edition or offer a more up-to-date alternative. In the meantime, we are more than happy to do the same for anyone who contacts us over the issue.”

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  • NOT GOOD ENOUGH …WHEN THEY PRINT BOOKS ABOUT ETHNIC CLEANZING OF THE PALESTINIANS IN 1948?
    IS SLANDARIZING A COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE ACCEPTABLE?

    ETHNIC CLEANSING HAPPENED IN RAWANDA AND DAWFOR WHEN INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE CHOPPED AND LEFT IN PILES IN THE ROADS, IN THE STREETS AND IN THIER HOMES!

    FYI: DURING 2012
    ROSH HASHANA JEWS CAME INTO THE 5773 YEAR
    DURING SPRING FESTIVAL CHINESE CAME INTO THE 4711 YEAR
    JAN 2012 MARKS THE CHRISTIAN YEAR
    AL-HIRA ISLAM CAME INTO THE 1433 YEAR

    YOU WROTE: “In a further twist, The Commentator revealed that the company is owned by the Tahseen Khayat Group of Lebanon. The Tahseen Khayat Group also owns Garnet’s “sister group” Ithaca Press, which describes itself as a ‘leading publisher of academic books on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, most recently featuring the ‘Great Books of Islamic Civilisation’ and books such as ‘Through the Wall of Fire’ which documents, “the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians beginning in 1948.”

  • Good for them.

    • Howard Hassan

      Not really sure what “Good for them” means.
      However Israel is Occupied. It is occupied by its only rightful occupiers. Israeli’s!!! Brooklyn is occupied by Brooklynites. Israel is occupied by Israeli’s. Sounds perfect to me.

      • Actually, the meaning of “occupation” and of an “occupying nation” arises from the Fourth Geneva Convention that dealt with one sovereign nation usurping the land and people from another sovereign nation; not the case in Israel where the indigenous people are the Jews and the Palestinian Arabs have never been a sovereign nation. In fact, the land was part of an Ottoman empire until 1922 when the League of Nations gave Britain a mandate to rule for twenty years the region known as Palestine–a name foisted upon the Jews by Hadrian in 110 AD because of the Second Roman Jewish Wars with the Jews also lost and the Temple was destroyed. Under an Agreement with the British Colonial Office (headed by Churchill and his subordinate, T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), a deal for the division of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab State was negotiated with King Saud of Saudi Arabia where Arabs got 72% of the land east of the Jordan River and Jews got 22% of the land from the River to the Sea (which is enshrined in UN Resolution 181. If Jordan’s theft of the Jewish land in the 1948 War Of Independence, had any Arab sovereignty, it disappeared in 1974 at the Arab League’s Rabat, Morocco Conference when Jordan’s King Hussein abandoned all claims to the land known as the West Bank (of the Jordan River) and to his former Jordanian subjects that dwelled thereon.

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