Prophecy News Watch – U.S. Publishing Giant Erases Israel Off Map


A Middle East with no Israel?

That’s what students in that region of the world will see when they open their new world atlases as provided by the American-based mega-corporation HarperCollins.

And apparently this batch of maps did not come from the company’s fiction department.

The Telegraph of London has reported the global publishing house sells English-language altlases to schools in the Middle East that show Syria and Jordan extending to the Mediterranean Sea. The West Bank and Gaza Strip are also shown, but Israel is nowhere to be found on the map.

Erin Crum, vice president of corporate communications for HarperCollins, would not say how many of the maps had actually been delivered to customers in Arab countries.

Besides some unflattering media coverage, the HarperCollins atlases also drew sharp criticism from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, which accused the company of “harming peace efforts in the Middle East,” the Telegraph reported.

“The publication of this atlas will confirm Israel’s belief that there exists a hostility towards their country from parts of the Arab world. It will not help to build up a spirit of trust leading to peaceful co-existence,” Bishop Declan Lang, the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, told the Tablet, an international Catholic newspaper.

“Maps can be a very powerful tool in terms of delegitimizing ‘the other’ and can lead to confusion rather than clarity. We would be keen to see relevant bodies ensure that all atlases anywhere reflect the official United Nations position on nations, boundaries and all political features,” added Jane Clements, director of the Council of Christians and Jews.

Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, told the Tablet that including Israel would have been “unacceptable” to its customers in the Gulf region and the change incorporated “local preferences.”

The Tablet said it had discovered the customs officers in one unnamed Muslim country only permitting the import of school atlases once Israel had been deleted by hand.

HarperCollins is one of the world’s largest publishing houses and its stable of imprints includes the Thomas Nelson lineup of Christian books, which it acquired in 2011.

Just last year, another major publishing house, Scholastic Inc., was caught selling children’s books that omitted Israel from an illustrated map. Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, was forced to apologize after parents began complaining and negative reviews started showing up on Amazon and Twitter. The company said in a statement it apologized and “regretted” printing a book that “inadvertently omits Israel” on a map.

HarperCollins Publishers is a wholly owned division of News Corp., the global media company overseen by Rupert Murdoch and various family members. It includes news services such as Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education and pay-TV distribution. Headquartered in New York, the activities of News Corp. are conducted primarily in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.


2 thoughts on “Prophecy News Watch – U.S. Publishing Giant Erases Israel Off Map

  1. What on earth are these publishing companies thinking? Money is what they’re thinking and seems to be their god.

    With our president and his administration the UN, UK and European countries constantly badgering Israel and now we have major publishing companies worshiping money instead of GOD. This is insanity to omit a nation from maps for school children in the Middle East. I can tell you for sure that I’m going to complain to these publishing companies and tell everyone I know to boycott any books published by these publishing companies. Btw including anyone they are affiliated with also. News Corp is extremely large conglomerate and has their fingers in a lot of pies.

    • “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families be blessed.” [Genesis 12:3 AKJB]

      “The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.” [Leviticus 25:23 AJKB]

      “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” [Joel 3:2 AKJB]

      “But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’” [2 Chronicles 6:6 AKJB]

      “Also he built alter in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.” [2 Chronicles 33:4 AKJB]

      “And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.” [I Kings 11:36 AKJB]

      “And he built alters in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put My name.” [2 Kings 21:4 AKJB]

      “…in this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put My name forever.” [2 Kings 21:7 AKJB]

      “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; after the glory hath He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye.” [Zech 2:8 AKJB]

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