HarperCollins has now withdrawn from sale and destroyed remaining inventory of an atlas that omitted the name of Israel from maps of the Middle East. That atlas was previously being sold to English-speaking schools in the Middle East. Orginally the publisher said the omission was to accommodate “local preferences”. The map implied that Jordan and Syria extended to the Mediterranean Sea. The names of Gaza and Lebanon were present. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales had cited the map as harmful to Middle East peace efforts. news link (The Tablet - UK) I cannot imagine that the embarrassment to HarperCollins was worth whatever they made on supplying some schools with the map that redacted the name of Israel. Apparently at least one Gulf state had already taken to marking out Israel by hand on maps used in schools anyway. Not that kids wouldn’t already know or soon enough learn what it was. One may strike out a name on a map but that doesn’t erase the need for neighbors to learn to live together. Why do elders think a big lie serves their children’s interests?