Middle East studies in the News
'P is for Palestine' Children's Book Teaches Kids to Support Violence [on Golbarg Bashi]
by Ashley Rae Goldenberg
A Palestine-centered alphabet book for kids teaches children to sympathize with violent uprisings against Israel. This book has been causing concern among mothers in New York City.
The description for the project claims that the book will tell the story of the "sunniest people" who live in Palestine:
However, according to pages from "P for Palestine," the book actually includes support for violence.
The Algemeiner reports that on the page for the letter "I," it reads, "I is for Intifada, Intifada is Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!"
As The Jewish Chronicle explains, while the literal translation of the word is "tremor," it also refers to the two violent Palestinian uprisings in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that left thousands dead.
Indeed, Bashi's crowdfunding campaign claims the book—for children—fights "misinformation" about the Palestinians' "historic struggles":
After author Bashi wrote about a reading scheduled at a Manhattan bookstore in a Facebook group for mothers in New York City, she was met with backlash.
The New York Post reports one of the mothers wrote, "I can't believe it's real and in NYC!" Another said, "You must have known you would be igniting a political firestorm by posting that in the hopes of drumming up sales for your ridiculous book . . .It's disgraceful."
Bashi posted on Facebook that because of comments accusing her of anti-Semitism, she considered hiring police security for her recent event. "In New York City. In November 2017," she added, for emphasis.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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