8. FRENCH NOVEL IN PRAISE OF SUICIDE TERRORIST
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."