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Protest Censorship of Palestinian History

Posted by uscsjp on March 18, 2016


Publishing giant McGraw-Hill Education has censored and is planning to destroy copies of a US college textbook entitled “Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World,” after complaints about a series of maps showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946-2000.

Send a letter to McGraw-Hill Education to let them know it is unacceptable to censor Palestinian history! 

Use the form below to send an email to McGraw-Hill Education executives. You can use these suggested points to serve as a reference for messages. Please make sure to write letters in your own words rather than repeating suggested points verbatim. Your signature will be automatically included so no need to write it.

  • This is a blatant example of censorship of an academic text for political reasons.
  • The maps in question were in fact accurate and only removed because of complaints from supporters of Israel who wish to prevent people from learning the truth about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and its ongoing theft of Palestinian land.
  • Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinian people and taking of their land, as illustrated by the censored maps, is the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For students and others to properly understand what’s taking place in Israel-Palestine, it is vital for them to learn about this dispossession and the story told by these maps. This is why Israel’s supporters are working so hard to suppress them.
  • Rather than caving into complaints from right-wing supporters of Israel who wish to deny Palestinian history, McGraw-Hill should demonstrate professional integrity and reinstate the maps and textbooks in question.
  • The campaign to censor “Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World” is part of a larger campaign being waged by the Israeli government and its supporters to suppress the Palestinian narrative and Palestine human rights activism in the United States, including in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year, Palestine Legal (which is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights), released a report entitled “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech” that documented widespread attacks against student Palestine rights activists on US campuses, including numerous cases of attempted censorship.
  • It is deeply disappointing that McGraw-Hill Education has succumbed to political pressure and censored the Palestinian narrative from a textbook. I urge you to reconsider this shameful decision.

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