Local 10News reports the following:
SAN DIEGO – A map distributed in a language class at San Diego State University labeled Israel as Palestine, leading to an outcry from the local Jewish community.
Sources told Team 10 the map was handed out by a professor on the second day of class in an Arabic language course. Sources said students were upset and unsure how to protest the erroneous map because they feared speaking out publicly could have a negative impact on their grades.
One student talked with Team 10, on the condition of anonymity.
“I don’t really believe it was the right place for dialogue,” the student said. “It is a language class, it’s not a class about conflict.”
Students gave the map to the non-profit, pro-Israel San Diego group, “Stand With Us.”
The group sent a newsletter to its members and urged the community to contact the department’s chairman and Arabic program director. The group also posted the map to its Facebook page.
The electronic newsletter states the map “not only fails to label ‘Israel’ as a legitimate country,” but that “it falsely portrays the entire territory of Israel as ‘Palestine.’”
“I want to see an apology from the professor, and I want to see him to hand out a correct map,” the student said. […]