UK Textbook Erases Israel from the Map; Replaces it With ‘Occupied Palestine’

Given all the Progressivism shaping our maps and textbooks, I just can’t wait for California to get the politically correct label of  “Occupied Mexico” in some future Rand McNally…


Garnet textbook wipes Israel off the map

UK Textbook Wipes Israel Off the Map
by Samuel Westrop – Gatestone Institute

Why is the British Council, sponsored by the British Foreign Office, endorsing a textbook that wipes Israel off the map and indoctrinates students with anti-Western material?

Ahmadinejad promised it. Now British textbooks are doing it. Israel has been wiped off the map by Garnet Education, an English-language teaching company in Britain, whose educational textbook ‘Skills in English Writing Level 1’, aimed at foreign students and immigrants to the UK, contains a map with “Occupied Palestine” in place of the Jewish State.

Speaking to the Algemeiner, the prominent American Jewish newspaper which broke the story, school teacher Liz Wiseman noted that the book is “one of the more popular and mainstream English language teaching (ELT) textbooks published by Garnet, which is quite popular and mainstream itself.”

A number of neoconservative publications, such as The Commentator, have picked up on the story. Crucially, however, they missed a vital detail: Garnet Education is controlled by a Lebanese media empire owned by pro-Syrian Arab nationalist Tahseen Khayat, whose daughter runs the UK subsidiary companies, including Garnet Education.


Khayat’s daughter, Nadia Khayat, runs the UK-based companies Garnet Education and Ithaca Press. Ithaca Press describes itself as the “leading publisher of academic books on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies”. Garnet Publishing, part of Garnet Education, produces fiction books that are also on Middle Eastern subjects. Many of these books deal with Arab resistance to putative Israeli and Western belligerence. One recently published fiction book by Garnet Publishing, The Almond Tree, tells the reader that Israeli soldiers murder Palestinians in cold blood and burn down their homes.

In posts on their websites, both Garnet and Ithaca glorify the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah: “For Lebanon it was a time of misfortune … Only Hezbollah – thanks to its August 2006 victory in the thirty-three day war over the reputedly invincible Israeli army – seems to have bucked the trend.”

In 2003, Tahsin Khayat released a statement proclaiming he is “well-known as a patriot and an Arab nationalist. He deals with Israel and the US as enemies and not allies, especially when it comes to the Palestinian intifada…”

Garnet Education books are used to teach English to immigrants across the world. The British Council, set up by the UK Government and sponsored by the British Foreign Office, has run events with Garnet and endorses their material, claiming Garnet has “established a global reputation for quality and innovation.” Why is the British government sponsoring such a company? Judges of the Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award have described the book as “extremely well-planned and constructed and very impressive.” Generations of students have been provided educational textbooks by this network of companies with a manifest hatred for Israel and the West.


For years, Islamist and Arabist groups have involved themselves in educational and social services, as terrorism expert Matthew Levitt notes, in order to “reshape the political consciousness of educated youth”. Textbooks, designed to be sources of absolute fact, influence people of all ages and beliefs. The statements of government-approved educational textbooks do far more damage than the appeals of the street demagogue or the conspiracy theorist. Garnet Education chose to wipe Israel off the map. An entire nation was expunged. As a consequence, in the minds of the thousands of immigrants and foreign students learning English, there is no Jewish State; there is only “occupation”. What would the British government say if Israel encouraged the use of a textbook that labeled the Falkland Islands as “occupied Argentina”? What would Britain say if a textbook were given to students across the world in which England, a sovereign nation, did not exist?

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7 Comments on “UK Textbook Erases Israel from the Map; Replaces it With ‘Occupied Palestine’”

  1. Big Frank Says:

    If the citizens and the lame and feckless political class in the UK do not get their act together the new maps will display the Caliphate of the British Isles.

  2. Of course the UK is going to ‘replace’ Israel with ‘palestine’ their leftards are fans of the sharia-ists…

  3. Pete Says:

    Up until the end of WW1 there was never a country called Palestine, even then the area was an English protectorate (mandate) and part of trans -jordan and before that part of the Ottoman empire referred to as southern Syria. Thus there is and never was an independent country called Palestine.

    Palestine was never an exclusively Arab country, although Arabic gradually became the language of most the population after the Muslim invasions of the seventh century. No independent Arab or Palestinian state ever existed in Palestine. When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.”

    The term “Palestinian People” as a description of Arabs in Palestine appeared for the first time in the preamble of the 1964 PLO Charter, drafted in Moscow.

    A good URL to read on the subject is

  4. english rose Says:

    Belated happy new year greeting to all.Unfortunately this story doesn’t surprise me at all -it should but doesn’t . It’s like British school children who have no idea who Churchill or nelson ,or queen boadicea is thanks to leftist revisionists who detest the history of these islands.They never mention the countries that islamists invaded and forced people to convert to that disgusting blood cult .

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