HarperCollins, the publisher whose textbooks are used in public schools across the U.S. and around the world, has been selling English-language atlases that conveniently omit Israel to Middle East schools. The publishing house commented that Israel’s inclusion on the maps would have been “unacceptable” to Arab countries, and that the Jewish state’s omission was meant to appeal to “local preferences.”
In other words, the Arab world despises Israel and doesn’t want its children to face the simple reality – that Israel does exist. And now a Western publishing company has no qualms about catering to this vitriolic anti-Semitism by erasing Israel’s existence from the map.
The West wants Israeli-Palestinian peace, and expects Israel to make far-reaching and often dangerous concessions to attain said peace. Yet despite insisting on this peace, the West allows those opposing Israel to display the most rabid anti-Jewish hatred since Hitler.
How can the free world excuse, and even cater to, this refusal to recognize the tiny democratic nation of Israel? If HarperCollins aims to produce respectable educational material, shouldn’t they do so by educating the younger generation of the Middle East that Israel exists, and must be recognized the same as any other country?
Hatred, much like love, has no boundaries. If you allow it to grow, it will spread.
If the Western world tolerates Jew hatred in the Middle East, it will see an increase in the recruitment and indoctrination of more and more Muslims into the darkest and most radicalized factions of their religion. And eventually, I fear that it won’t only be Israel fighting for her place on the map and in the world.