Private school in Lebanon regrets showing Israel on a map

2017-12-08 05:18
The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City is seen while Jewish orthodox men pray in a cemetery after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City is seen while Jewish orthodox men pray in a cemetery after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

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Beirut - A private French school in Lebanon has issued an apology following complaints from the parents of a fourth grader that a map in geography class shows Israel – and not Palestine – as the country's southern neighbour, violating the law.

Lebanon is technically at war with Israel, and Lebanese laws ban dealing with or recognising Israel, including showing it on maps.

The private school issued an urgent statement late on Wednesday, saying it respects Lebanon's sovereignty and government school programmes. The incident came to public attention when the father of a 9-year-old girl posted the map on his Facebook page, saying "this is what my fourth grade daughter learned in class today".

The case gained further attention on the day US President Donald Trump declared divided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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