A new, best-selling French novel geared for teens holds up a young Arab suicide bomber as a role model and blames the ”bloodthirsty Jews” for bringing on Jihad, or ”holy war.”
”Rever la Palestine,” which translates to ”Dream of Palestine,” is the target of a protest by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization formed to fight anti-Semitism.
According to the center, the 15-year-old Egyptian author, Randa Ghazi, lives with her family in Italy. She writes about Palestinian teen-agers who fight ”bloodthirsty Jews, who assassinate children and old people, profane mosques, and rape Arab women.”
”Dream of Palestine is being touted as ‘surprisingly mature’ and ‘a great text of suffering and hope,”’ says the center. ”One of the novel’s heroes calls for Jihad against the Jews who are ‘a doomed people’ and to ‘kill all Israelis.’ The main character is encouraged ‘to kill hundreds in his suicide bombing’ and later does blow himself up along with five Israelis.”
The book was released to coincide with the Christmas season, and is priced inexpensively. It has quickly sold out in major bookstores in Paris.
The publisher is Flammarion, the third largest publishing house in France, a subsidiary of the Italian media giant, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, which includes among its holdings one of the largest
Italian daily newspapers and Rizzoli bookstores in the United States, according to the center.
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 that clearly incite racist violence and validate terrorism.
”We must act now to raise our voices in protest of this horrific book,” says the center. ”The Jewish community of France has launched a protest, but more, much more needs to be done.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide. The center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.