A French youngsters’s journal has been withdrawn from newsstands after it listed Israel alongside North Korea as locations not thought of “actual nations”.
The newest version of the month-to-month Youpi journal, which is geared toward youngsters aged between 5 and 10, sparked a major backlash on social media, with French Jewish teams and Israel’s ambassador to France condemning the writer.
The January version teaches its readers that there are 197 nations on the planet, saying: “We name these 197 nations states, like France, Algeria or Germany.”
It provides: “There are a number of extra, however not all different nations on the planet agree that they’re actual nations (for instance the State of Israel or North Korea).”
It’s possible the article is attempting to confer with the handfuls of nations which have by no means formally recognised, or have lower diplomatic ties with, the state of Israel.
However Jewish teams and Israeli officers had been angered on the suggestion Israel was not an actual nation given it had been formally recognised by the United Nations and by a lot of the world’s nations.
Israel’s ambassador to France, Aliza Bin Noun, tweeted: “Shocked by this lie taught to youngsters. Such rhetoric can solely result in anti-Zionism, inseparable from the anti-Semitism as has been identified by the french President #EmmanuelMacron.”
Francis Kalifat, the president of the Jewish umbrella group Conseil Représentatif des Establishments Juives de France (CRIF), wrote a letter to the writer of Youpi journal to “specific (his) indignation, to ask him to withdraw the journal from sale”.
He added: “To say that Israel just isn’t a ‘true state’ is a grave lie within the face of historical past … Israel’s existence is an internationally recognised reality.”
Kalifat stated publishers ought to use the following version to publish an article “on Israel, on its historical past and its legitimacy”.
Bayard Jeunesse, the writer of Youpi, agreed to tug the publication from newsstands and apologised for any offense prompted.
“Israel is among the many states recognised by the United Nations and is recognised as such by Youpi,” it stated.