Book Glorifying Homicide Bomber Stirs Protest

(Reuters) Joelle Diderich - French publisher Flammarion said on Tuesday it had been deluged by protests since publishing last month a translation of Sognando Palestina ("Dream of Palestine") by 15-year-old Randa Ghazi as part of a series of books aimed at adolescents. The book was originally published in Italian in March. Ghazi, born in Italy of Egyptian parents, depicts teenagers caught up in the Palestinian uprising. One of the characters blows himself up. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and France's CRIF urged the publishers to withdraw the book. "It is beyond comprehension that a book targeting young French readers at Christmas time would have as its central character a teenager who becomes a suicide bomber," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

2002-12-11 00:00:00

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