November 20, 2006

AN ACCIDENTAL REPRESENTATION OF REALITY:

German globe maker 'establishes' Palestine (Matt Zalen, Nov. 20, 2006, THE JERUSALEM POST)

Pro-Israel advocacy groups campaign around the globe against the use of the word Palestine, since no such country exists, but it turns out that globes being sold in Israel bear the term.

Billed as an educational toy that teaches young children geography, the widely sold "Ravensburger Puzzle Ball Classic Globe" includes both Israel and Palestine. Although the product has been on the market for more than two years, all of those contacted by The Jerusalem Post, from toy store owners to the Israeli distributor to the German manufacturer, reacted with surprise when informed of the imaginative geography.

"The first time I learned about this issue was when [the Post] told me," said Hermann Bruns, an export manager for the manufacturer in Ravensburg, Germany. He said the design for the map was bought from a Chinese company, and that Ravensburger was only responsible for repackaging it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 7:59 AM
Comments

Ravensburg--you really can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 20, 2006 10:28 AM
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