HarperCollins has apologized for omitting Israel from an atlas of the Middle East and removed the book from shelves.
“HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offense caused,” said the statement published Wednesday on the company’s Facebook page.
The omission was made because of “local preferences,” Collins Bartholomew, a mapping subsidiary of HarperCollins, told Tablet, a Catholic news website that first reported the story. The company said their customers in the Gulf region, where the book was primarily sold, would find Israel’s inclusion “unacceptable,” Tablet reported.
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SOURCE: USA Today