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Czech Schoolbook Publisher Must Remove “Jerusalem” as Israel’s Capital

The Czech daily newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) reports that Shocart, a publisher of Czech school books, will need to rewrite all of its books to remove mention of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or schools will no longer receive grants to buy the books.

The Czech Ministry of Education said “it will resolutely demand a change of the given data” to implement the change in response to complaints to the Ministry by the Palestinian Embassy.

Palestinian ambassador to Prague Khaled Allatrash said he believes acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the schoolbooks is unacceptable according to E.U. positions and international law.

Czech foreign ministry spokeswoman Irena Valentova was quoted as saying that the change is valid, as “The Czech Republic does not consider East Jerusalem a part of the State of Israel but as the future capital of both states, i.e. the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.” 

But if so, since the E.U. also supports west Jerusalem being the capital” of Israel, what’s wrong with mentioning “Jerusalem, Israel?”.


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