Tuesday, October 10, 2006

French embassy cancels N.Y. book launch over author's Israel views - Haaretz - Israel News

French embassy cancels N.Y. book launch over author's Israel views - Haaretz - Israel News: "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 i Windus.

But Callil said Tuesday's party was canceled 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.'

1 comment:

odog said...

What she said was hardly extreme.

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