Bowing to anti-Israel sentiment, the HarperCollins publishing company has left Israel out of maps in atlases that it markets in the Middle East, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported on Wednesday.
Collins Bartholomew, a map publisher that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, explained that including Israel in its “Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East” would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the region. On the other hand, leaving Israel off the maps recognized “local preferences.”
While Israel does not appear on the maps, Yehudah and Shomron, labeled as “West Bank,” are clearly noted.
Customs officials in one Gulf nation did not allow the school atlases into the country until the labeling of Israel had been crossed out by hand, according to The Tablet, a Catholic newspaper in London.