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Thursday, December 28, 2017 

French children's magazine issue pulled from shelves for calling Israel an unreal country

The children's magazine Youpi tried to pull a very dumb stunt, and drew protest:
A French children's magazine has been pulled from shelves after admitting it made a "mistake" by claiming that Israel "is not a real country."

Youpi, a monthly magazine sold in France and aimed at children aged 5 to 10, included in its latest edition a map of all the countries in the world and corresponding information.

"There are 197 countries, like France, Algeria or Germany. There are a few more, but not all other countries in the world agree that they are real countries (for example the State of Israel or North Korea)," Youpi wrote.

Youpi's publisher, the company Editions Bayard Jeunesse, apologized "to all those who may have been hurt" by the piece.

The magazine's news editor, Bertrand Fichou, also apologized and said his intention was not to challenge the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

"I'll blame myself for it all my life," he said.
I'd like to think that's true, but if he's learned a lesson, it's only now that a backlash followed. What makes it most pathetic is that they surely wouldn't have the courage to admit "palestine" isn't a real country, by sharp contrast.

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