The City of Paris said in response to parents who complained about distribution at public schools of a map that had Israel labeled as “Palestine” that the mistake was a result of “a simple production error.”
The City of Paris’s media department gave the clarification in a statement it published on September 25 about the distribution earlier in 2015 to elementary school students of a calendar that had a map of Europe and parts of the Middle East.
The map, which stops north of central Israel the West Bank, classifies the territory of Israel that it includes as “Palestine,” in addition to showing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey on the map. In addition to leaving out Israel’s name, the map has no mention of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, despite the fact that the map contains parts of those countries, according to a reproduction of the map publicized by the news site Jssnews.com.
“The borders of the map divide incorrectly the geographic area occupied by Israel and Palestine,” read the city’s statement, which referenced angry reactions by parents to the map that was distributed by the League against Cancer. “The city affirms that this constitutes no adoption of any political stance.”
The City of Paris explained that the calendar included an extra international map where both Israel and the country referred to as “Palestine” are listed.
Not only is Israel’s name often not included in textbooks throughout the Muslim word, but Israel’s name is also often missing from atlases, textbooks, and official publications by firms that try to avoid angering Arab consumers.
In many of these cases, reprimand about these exclusions have triggered corrections citing technical problems.
In August, Air France said that it “deeply regrets” the technical problems that left off Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from in-flight map displays that showed Gaza and the West Bank. In November 2014, the French kitchenware company Tefal, which left out its Israeli distributors from its website, also removed its entry for “Palestine” in the midst of protests.
In May, a Dutch restaurant cited “culinary reasons” as to why it left off Israel from its maps of the Middle East.