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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:47 PM

Publisher apologises for labelling Israel 'Occupied Palestine' in textbook

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"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."

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"Garnet has now apologised for the mistake. "In the last few days we have had a number of enquiries about a map of Israel included in Skills in English Writing Level 1. Unfortunately the map was mislabelled 'Occupied Palestine'. This was a serious editorial error and was subsequently corrected. The book in question has not been in print for several years," it said in a statement. "Please accept our sincere apologies for any offence caused but rest assured that this was a genuine mistake and in no way reflects any Garnet Education policy."

Garnet said it was "unlikely that very many institutions will be using the 2003 edition" as the course has been out of print for some time and "the life cycle of educational materials tends to be relatively short". It is nonetheless in the process of tracking down any copies that are still being used, and is offering a substitute to any institutions still holding an incorrect version of the map."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/04/publisher-apologises-israel-occupied-palestine

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:33 PM

1. serious editorial error" ?

Think it was an error ?

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Response to King_David (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:42 PM

2. It was an error to think that they wouldn't get caught. n/t

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Response to King_David (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:58 PM

3. Yeah, actually, it probably was

The textbook industry is amazingly sloppy. Especially when it comes to non-technical subjects like, say... history.

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Response to King_David (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:10 PM

4. well of course not it was obviously a neferious plot

to wipe Israel's existence out one map at a time, 'cause no one ever makes mistakes in these sort of things , right?

here is there website perhaps you should let them know your on to them and their plans

http://www.garneteducation.com/



eta what is amazing is that this horror flew under the radar for like 9 years

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Response to King_David (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:45 AM

6. A similar error gets made a lot where the Palestinian territories are labelled Israel...

I'm pretty sure there's no apologies forthcoming when that happens...

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:30 PM

5. I wonder why this DUer decided to post this article

What is the significance?

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