An educational school book for children, published in Morocco, negated the existence of Palestine and described Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sparking controversy on social media.
Rabat – A children’s educational book called “L’atlas du Monde,” distributed by a Casablanca publishing house, showed a map of the Middle East with a blank space instead of the names Palestine or Israel. Only the flag of Israel is seen, which stirred uproar among Moroccans who support the Palestinian cause.
The Moroccan Anti-Normalization Center shared a post about the book on its official Facebook page, pointing out the danger of “normalizing” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The center called for the government to open an investigation into the book.
The book, which teaches children about different cultures in the world, also shows a map with countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, and Jordan. Controversially, the book mentions Israel instead of Palestine.
The French description next to a picture of the Dome of the Rock reads: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is a sacred city for Jews.”
“Let’s say that a book excluded Western Sahara from the Moroccan map, would we still be silent and nonchalant?” the same post questioned.
It was only in mid-December that the Moroccan transport company CTM allegedly excluded Western Sahara from the Moroccan map in an advertisement and angered Moroccans who defended the country’s territorial integrity. CTM later denied they had created the advertisement.
US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. While Trump’s move was warmly welcomed by Israel, it was strongly condemned by Arab leaders.