Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Publishing company Scholastic will cease shipments and reprint copies of children’s book Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt because it omits Israel on a map of the Middle East.
The book, which is part of the Geronimo Stilton series, features a map of Egypt that does display other surrounding countries like Libya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The book details the adventures of three sisters who travel to Egypt for an archaeological excavation.
“Scholastic is immediately stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. We regret the omission which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter,” the company said in a statement.
Adina Golombek, a Jerusalem resident, was reading the book with her 7-year-old son when she noticed the omission. “I wanted to show my son where we lived in the Middle East, but it didn’t say Israel on the map; instead it said Jordan,” Golombek told the Times of Israel. “I showed him the problem and drew in the border of where Israel is today.”
According to the Times, 96 percent of Palestinian school textbooks do not mention Israel by name on their maps, and 87 percent of Israeli school textbooks do not refer to the Palestinian Territories by name.
[Scholastic] [Times of Israel]