HarperCollins Publisher Apologizes for Map That Excluded Israel

Map in HarperCollins atlas destined for English-speakers in the Middle East marked Jordan and Gaza but omitted Israel.

HarperCollins, one of the world's largest publishing houses, has apologized for omitting Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East and promised to destroy all remaining copies.

"HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas," a spokesman for the company said on Wednesday. The apology was reported in the Mail Online.

"This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offence caused."

The atlas, which is targeted at English-speaking schools in the Persian Gulf, clearly marks Jordan and the Gaza Strip.

Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that published the atlas, was quoted by the international Catholic newspaper The Tablet as saying that including Israel would have been "unacceptable" to the company's customers

United States-based HarperCollins Publishers is a subsidiary of News Corp, whose executive chairman, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is famously pro-Israel.