Boycott Watch
Emails About French novel Did Not Call For A Boycott
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
   (updated 12-11-02: See below)
   An email is being sent based upon a report from Israel National News ( article on Monday, December 9, 2002 that the Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling for a boycott of the Frances Rizzoli bookstores in the USA.
----- original announcement ------
From: Israel National News
Monday, December 9, 2002
A new best-selling French novel for teens, entitled, "Rever la Palestine" 
(Dream of Palestine), sympathetically portrays a young Arab who becomes a 
suicide bomber - and the Simon Wiesenthal Center is spearheading a major 
protest.  The author is herself only 15 years old, an Egyptian living in 
Italy, who writes about Palestinian teenagers fighting "bloodthirsty Jews 
who assassinate children and old people, profane mosques, and rape Arab 

One of the novel's heroes calls for Jihad against the Jews, "a doomed 
people," and to "kill all Israelis." The main character in fact blows 
himself up along with five Israelis.

The book, published by Flammarion, France's third largest publishing house, 
quickly sold out in major bookstores in Paris.  Flammarion is a subsidiary 
of the Italian media giant Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, owner of one of the 
largest Italian daily newspapers, as well as Rizzoli bookstores in the 
United States. The Wiesenthal Center is urging>

Amazon France and other French online websites to stop selling the book, 
which it says is "full of libelous accusations and which clearly incites 
racist violence and validates terrorism."

----- end of original announcement ------
   The above announcement never called for a boycott.
   The Simon Wiesenthal Center web page as linked above also did not call for a boycott.
----- Media reports: ------
 PARIS (Reuters): Jewish groups seek to ban book on Mideast conflict 11 December, 2002 01:15 GMT+08:00

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