A British bookseller and publisher both removed from their websites a children’s book that was accused of being “misleading and biased” for failing to include Israel on a map of the Middle East.
Wafa Tarnowska’s “Amazing Women of the Middle East” is no longer on the website of Pikku Publishing, which also removed educational resources based on the book she provided online, the rights group said Thursday. British UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI). . The bookstore Beehive.co.uk also confirmed to UKLFI that it had removed the title from its website as well as those of its sister companies, Gardner’s and The Little Group. Hive.co.uk also told publishers that they had withdrawn their stock from sales of the book.
Caroline Turner, Director of UK Lawyers for Israel, applauded the news and added: “It is shocking that a children’s book in the UK could present such a misleading image of the Middle East. I hope the editors will now edit the book so that Israel is back on the map and Israeli Jewish women are included in the profiles.
“Amazing Women of the Middle East” featured on its eighth page a map that replaced Israel with “Palestine.” The children’s book profiles 24 pioneer women, but also makes no mention of a single Jewish woman.
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UKLFI called on the book’s publishers in the UK and US last week to remove, edit and then republish the children’s book with a map of the Middle East that shows Israel, and to include at least one “amazing woman. From Israel.
The group also argued that using the book as an educational resource in schools would likely place Pikku Publishing in violation of Section 406 of the UK Education Act 1996, which prohibits the “promotion of partisan political views” in school curricula. UKLFI wrote to other major booksellers, including Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwell’s and Bookshop.org, asking them not to sell the book until it has been edited.
The book’s US publisher, Crocodile Books, a brand of Interlink Publishing, has yet to respond to UKLFI’s request for the book.
Interlink Publishing, an independent publishing house, has previously published controversial novels criticism of Israel as “Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under the Occupation” and “Speaking the Truth: Zionism, Israel and the Occupation”. The founder and editor-in-chief of Interlink, Michel Moushabeck, accused Israel of “apartheid” and of imposing “a system of racism and oppression which inflicts suffering on the Palestinians”.