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Jews Seek to Ban Book By Arab Teen

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    Jews Seek to Ban Book By Arab Teen JEWISH GROUPS SEEK TO BAN BOOK ON MIDEAST CONFLICT Joelle Diderich, Reuters, 12/10/02 PARIS (Reuters) - Jewish organizations
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2002
      Jews Seek to Ban Book By Arab Teen

      JEWISH GROUPS SEEK TO BAN BOOK ON MIDEAST CONFLICT
      Joelle Diderich, Reuters, 12/10/02

      PARIS (Reuters) - Jewish organizations have called for a ban on a
      novel by a teen-age girl about the Middle East conflict they say
      glorifies Palestinian suicide bombers and fuels racial hatred.

      French publisher Flammarion said Tuesday it had been deluged by
      protests since publishing last month a translation of "Sognando
      Palestina" ("Dream of Palestine") by 15-year-old Randa Ghazi as part
      of a series of books aimed at adolescents.

      The book was originally published in Italian in March. Ghazi, born
      in Italy of Egyptian parents, depicts teen-agers caught up in the
      Palestinian uprising for independence. One of the characters blows
      himself up, killing five Israeli soldiers.

      The anti-racist group LICRA called on the French government Tuesday
      to ban the book under publishing laws destined to protect young
      readers, but said it did not plan to fight the novel in court.

      The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and France's CRIF
      umbrella group of Jewish organizations urged Flammarion and its
      Italian parent company, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, to withdraw the
      book.

      They called on French Web sites and the French and German arms of
      Internet retailer Amazon.com to stop selling the novel…

      French courts recently threw out a bid to ban a book by Italian
      author Oriana Fallaci criticizing Islamic fundamentalism and
      acquitted French writer Michel Houellebecq of inciting racial hatred
      after he called Islam "the stupidest religion."

      An official at Flammarion, which is also Houellebecq's publisher,
      said Ghazi's book portrayed both extremists and moderates and
      therefore did not constitute an incitement to hatred and violence…





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