Saturday, January 05, 2013

Stating a fact is considered a mistake in the West

"A publisher has apologised for its "serious editorial error" after labelling Israel as "Occupied Palestine" in a textbook.
The map was included in Skills in English Writing: Level 1 as part of an exercise for a "Jordanian student at Greenhill College". The book was printed in 2003, but is still in use in some institutions, and the error has only just been spotted by a teacher.
"I teach English as a foreign language in a further education college in Nottingham, England," Liz Wiseman told Israel Today. "I came across the attached map and couldn't believe my eyes!" Wiseman said that although she was not required to use the textbook, published by the Reading-based Garnet Education, it is "one of the more popular and mainstream English Language Teaching (ELT) textbooks".
The error quickly came under attack. "This is far from an isolated incident, which is motivation for drawing attention to this particular case," wrote Israel Today. "It is not only in the Middle East where students, both adults and children, are being taught that Israel has no right to exist. The more students around the world are fed this brand of propaganda, the more remote prospects for true peace become."" (thanks John)