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book reception canceled after author criticizes Israel

The 'free world' - where you're 'free' to voice your opinion only if it's favorable to Israel.
The French Embassy on Monday cancelled a New York party for a book about Vichy France's collaboration with Nazi Germany because of the author's postscript that says Israel has oppressed Palestinians.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy's office in New York had planned to hold a party on Tuesday to fete the September publication of author Carmen Callil's "Bad Faith" about Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, the Vichy government official who organised the deportation of French Jews to Auschwitz.

Callil told Reuters on Monday that the party was cancelled after complaints from "fundamentalist Jews."

In an e-mail obtained by Reuters, the embassy wrote to Random House . . . "Although the French Embassy was looking forward to the presentation of a work exploring the darkest hours of French history, it could not endorse a personal opinion of the author expressed in the postscript of the book."

A source at the French Embassy's New York office said the embassy objected to the author's "opinion ... equating what was done to the Jews of France (under the Nazi regime) with what has been done to the Palestinian people."
Nevermind that the Jews of Israel are doing to the Arabs of Palestine NOW what the Nazis of Germany did to Jews, among many others, THEN.

The French do not object to the conduct, it's the so-called principle that counts - according to which Israel cannot be blamed for anything.
In the book's postscript Callil writes: "What caused me anguish as I tracked down Louis Darquier was to live so closely to the helpless terror of the Jews of France, and to see what the Jews of Israel were passing on to the Palestinian people."

"Like the rest of humanity, the Jews of Israel 'forget' the Palestinians. Everyone forgets; every nation forgets."

In an e-mail obtained by Reuters from the French Embassy to Random House, one French Embassy official on August 22 said of Callil's book: "It is a masterpiece."

"The French Cultural Attache read it and he was incredibly complimentary," said Callil, who was born in Australia and moved to London where she founded feminist publisher Virago Press and ran publisher Chatto & Windus.

But Callil said Tuesday's party was cancelled after "a series of letters from various Jewish fundamentalists complaining. They take a view that that no one can say anything about Jews that is not 100 percent complimentary." She did not identify the letter writers by name.

Callil defended the postscript to her book.

"I think the people in Gaza live in poverty huddled up in a very small territory ... because people don't like their government," she said. "But if you persecute people, they will rise up against you."

Asked if she feels the current Israeli government oppresses Palestinians, she replied, "Yes."

"I want people to learn from the past so the same terrible things do not happen again. If you oppress people, they will hate you and I do not want Israel to be hated," she said.

Random House spokesman Paul Bogaards called Callil's book "a significant work of history," adding, "we stand by the work in its entirety." A spokesman for the French Embassy confirmed the e-mail cancelling the party but declined further comment.
Time to go book shopping.

Or, if you don't feel like reading, let Random House know that you stand by Carmen for giving voice to the defenseless.


At Tuesday, October 10, 2006, Blogger f8te said...

"I want people to learn from the past so the same terrible things do not happen again. If you oppress people, they will hate you and I do not want Israel to be hated," she said.

A little to late for that hon.

At Tuesday, October 10, 2006, Blogger Masher1 said...

israel is going down.
israel will fall for the love of evil. israel will fall to the lust for lies
This fall is coming soon. Very soon israel soon indeed.

Masher1 just wants you to know you are screwed.

All israeli's are screwed!

So are YOU helping zion? Do you support israel and her boot on neck policy towards Palesitne and her Rightfull residents.

Get out of Palestine israel All of it.

Get out or be driven out by forces TOTALY not understood by Olmert and the rest of the Evil hord running the israel/American War machine.

The jew can either come to God or he can stay in hell and sling Depeleted Uranium all over and be destroyed for the lack of respect for this GREAT PLANET.

Palestine is Coming! Watch out israeli you may not recieve enough time to get out of the way of this one!

At Tuesday, October 10, 2006, Blogger Drumcat said...

Very well-said, Masher1.

I'll add my own little dedication to the madmen of USrael:

"And when you lose control, you'll reap the harvest you have sown.

And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone.

And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw

So have a good drown... as you go down, all alone...

dragged down by the stone."

--Pink Floyd ("Dogs", 1977)

At Tuesday, October 10, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

People are so brainwashed by the pro-Israel corporate terrorist media that they can't see the truth. Israel like the United States and all the corporate terrorists hate free speech because they hate the truth.


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