by Norman Berdichevsky (January 2015)
As recently as 1989, The General Assembly (State Legislature) of Pennsylvania passed House Resolution No. 189 declaring a “Geography Awareness Week” in the State. It would have been more fitting for the U.S. Congress to pass it but the results would probably have been equally fruitless. Unless there is drastic action, Americans will continue to rank as among the most unaware peoples of their surroundings, both cultural-historical and environmental-physical. I speak as a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. degree in Geography (1974) and many years experience doing research and teaching geography. more>>>
There are sins of Omission and sins of Commission. In this case the sin of Commission is a sin of Omission. Israel is such a tiny country, too tiny to be clearly identified, or its borders delimited, in many newspaper articles. But a world atlas is another thing, and there is no explanation but malevolence and greed -- the desire to sell copies to a large Muslim market (no doubt delighted to see that Israel, that offense against Muslim sensibilities and amour-propre) has been effaced, coupled with the hope that non-Muslims will think it merely an oversight, or not worth complaining about. After all, so many other outrages against Israel -- the rewriting of history to describe its relation to the soi-disant "West Bank" as an "occupation" without any felt need to acknowledge the Mandate for Palestine's express provisions, and the rules of warfare since the beginning of time, and even U.N. Resolution 242 -- pass without protest every day.