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Scholastic Says Sorry for Leaving Israel Off Kids' Book Map

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By Cathy Burke   |  

Children's publishing behemoth Scholastic has apologized for omitting Israel from a map of the Middle East in the latest edition of a popular series, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

"Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt" — part of the Geronimo Stilton series published by Scholastic last year — starts with a map of modern Egypt and its neighboring countries.

While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the location of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, colored red, the newspaper noted.

A line indicating the Israeli border with the Sinai Peninsula does appear in the book, the newspaper said.

"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," Adina Golombek, who immigrated to Israel from Canada last year, told the newspaper. "I showed him the problem and drew in the border of where Israel is today."

Scholastic spokesman Kyle Good told the newspaper the company would stop selling the book until the error was corrected in the book's next edition.

"We regret the error," Good wrote.

According to a study by Israeli and Palestinian researchers, 96 percent of Palestinian school textbooks didn't mention Israel by name on their maps. Similarly, 87 percent of Israeli school textbooks didn't designate the Palestinian territories by name.

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