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01/04/2013 11:15 am ET Updated Mar 06, 2013

Textbook Calls Israel 'Occupied Palestine', Publisher Apologizes

A textbook used to teach English as a second language included a map labeling Israel as "Occupied Palestine", according to Israel Today.

The map was identified by British teacher Liz Wiseman, who told the news magazine: "I teach English as a foreign language in a further education college in Nottingham, England. I came across the attached map and couldn't believe my eyes!"

The book, Skills in English Writing - Level 1, was written by Terry Phillips and published by Garnet Education, a leading British publisher of English language learning books. The company published an apology on its website, stating that it was "a genuine mistake."

"This was a serious editorial error and was subsequently corrected. The book in question has not been in print for several years," they added. "This mistake pre-dates the existing editorial team so it is difficult to understand exactly what happened. We have checked the manuscript submitted by the authors and this did not include the map or a brief for the map so the blame does not rest with them."

They are currently offering a free updated book, without the error, to anyone who is using the 2003 edition.

(h/t The Guardian)

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