SDSU offers two new scholarships after Israel map controversy

Scholarships for Jewish studies, study abroad

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State University is setting up two new scholarship funds in cooperation with the pro-Israeli group Stand With Us -- one for Jewish Studies and one for Israel study abroad.

Stand With Us organizers told Team 10 Friday SDSU took the issue very seriously, and the school had done a tremendous job working internally to fix the problem.

The move by the school comes after a controversy over a map of the Middle East that was passed out in an Arabic language class.

The map had omitted Israel with Palestine in its place. The professor later altered and redistributed the map with Israel's label hand-written on, and he also apologized to the class.

Palestine is not recognized by the U.S. as a sovereign state, and the original map appeared to suggest otherwise.

Students had been afraid of retribution if they spoke out, so they sent the map to the pro-Israeli group, "Stand With Us," which called for an explanation and also wanted an apology.

Sources said the new map students received Wednesday was only a slight improvement. They said it marginally showcased Israel's true and legitimate existence in the region.

Team 10 first reported on the omission on Tuesday.

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