HarperCollins pulps Middle East Atlas and apologises

HarperCollins pulps Middle East Atlas and apologises

HarperCollins is to pulp copies of an English-language atlas which omitted Israel.

The Collins Middle East Atlas, created for the Middle East market, showed Jordan and Syria extending to the Mediterranean. It marked the position of the West Bank, but did not show Israel.

In a statement on its Facebook page, HarperCollins apologised for excluding Israel from the atlas.

It said: “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 apologises for this omission and for any offence caused.”

The omission of Israel from the atlas was discovered earlier this week by the Tablet, the international Catholic newspaper.