Czech publisher criticized for listing Jerusalem as capital of Israel in atlas

Czech publisher criticized for listing Jerusalem as capital of Israel in atlasTel Aviv will replace Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a Czech school atlas. A small Czech publisher fell under criticism after one of its atlases listed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The issue was raised a few weeks ago when Khaled Atlattrash, Palestinian ambassador to Prague, complained to the Czech Foreign Ministry, and subsequently the Education Ministry that local Palestinian parents alerted him to texts and maps depicting Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

Israel regards the whole of Jerusalem as its capital, while the international community regards the eastern part of the city — including the whole of the Old City — as occupied territory.

Map and travel guide publisher Shocart has been told by the ministry to replace Jerusalem with Tel Aviv as the capital or the atlas would no longer be listed as a certified book on the Czech school curriculum.

“The data in the atlas will be corrected as of the New Year,” the Prague Daily Monitor quoted Czech Education Ministry spokeswoman Klara Bila as saying.

“The Czech Republic does not consider East Jerusalem a part of the State of Israel,” Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Irena Valentova said. “The EU member countries, including the Czech Republic, view Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, i.e. the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.”

A manager at Shocart described the listing of Jerusalem as a mistake that was overlooked.

Also on its Facebook page the publisher wrote: “You’re all crying on a wrong grave... shout at EU and UN representatives, not a local map publisher who is just forced to obey its superiors - the Ministry of Education / Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc.”
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