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Textbook dispute ends with removal of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: Bohemist

A dispute over school textbooks pushes the government to firmly renounce Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


PRAGUE – Apparently, Jerusalem is no longer the capital of Israel, according to the Czech government. A complaint raised by the Palestinian embassy over the use of textbooks in schools that show Jerusalem as the capital has forced the Ministry of Education to decree on Monday that such books are no longer fit for classrooms, according to local media.

The complaint first arose after Palestinian schoolchildren flagged atlases in their books to their parents, who then presented the matter to officials.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the company responsible for the books, Shocart, now have until the New Year to rewrite the books to reflect the position of the government.

“The Czech Republic does not consider East Jerusalem a part of the State of Israel,” the ministry’s spokeswoman Irena Valentova said, told local media.

“The EU member countries, including the Czech Republic, view Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, i.e. the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.”

The position conflicts with that of Israel, who considers the city as its capitals. The United States meanwhile retains its embassy in Tel Aviv, the city that will be pointed to as the capital when the textbooks are republished.

An official from Shocart passed off the use of Jerusalem as the capital as an oversight.

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