Publisher Recalls French Children’s Magazine That Claimed Israel Wasn’t A Real Country

A photo taken on May 5, 2014 shows a smartphone placed on an Israeli map in Jerusalem, displaying the new application developed by Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), Zochrot, called 'Inakba' that allows users to find the remains of Palestinian villages that now lie inside modern-day Israel.
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Ynetews reports: A French children’s magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after it admitted a “mistake” in writing that Israel wasn’t a “real country.”

The news editor for Youpi, a magazine for children from 5 to 8, told said on Tuesday the January issue was being removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium after writing that Israel was among a few states in the world that aren’t “real countries.”

Bertrand Fichou said he humbly apologizes for the mistake and that his intention wasn’t to challenge the legitimacy of the state of Israel.

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