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News :: Human Rights
Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
26 May 2006
Modified: 10:12:17 AM
More than 10,000 books were banned in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip by the Israeli government in the early 1990s.
The Boston Public Library administration claims to be against the burning of books and banning of books by oppressive governments. Yet it continues, ironically, to allow politically partisan supporters of an Israeli government that banned more than 10,000 books in the early 1990s to use its Boston Public Library facilities to propagandize in support of that oppressive government.

In a 1991 report, titled "Information Freedom and Censorship", for instance, the Article 19 human rights organization reported that in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip "it is estimated that more than 10,000 books are banned" by the Israeli government. Among the banned books are "Can The Palestinian Problem Be Solved?" by Alouph Har Even, "Studies In The History Of Palestine During The Middle Ages" by PP Bartholdy and "At The End Of The Night" by Mahoud Darwish." The Article 19 report also noted that the Israeli government "banned the use of equipment such as fax machines in the Gaza Strip from August 27, 1989."

But don't expect the Boston Public Library administration to either co-sponsor or allow its facilities to be used to set up in 2006 an exhibition on "Book Banning In Occupied Palestine."

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Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
26 May 2006
> But don't expect the Boston Public Library
>administration to either co-sponsor or allow its
>facilities to be used to set up in 2006 an
>exhibition on "Book Banning In Occupied
>Palestine."

I'm guessing it wouldn't happen either but have you tried? Have you organized an exhibit, or even proposed the outline of one? That would be more productive than carrying signs about Zionists hiding under your bed and then acting oppressed when you alienate people.
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
26 May 2006
"Am Yisrael Chai" and that just pisses off the person that is too much of a coward to right under his name.
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
26 May 2006
Military governments ban books. Go whine to the occupation regime for Nazi Germany after WWII.

The Arabs can live without the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for a day or two.
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
27 May 2006
Actually, in cooperation with a pro-Israeli Establishment lobbying group in the Boston area, the Boston Public Library set up an exhibit that contained a lot of photographs of books being burnt 70 years ago in Corporate-oriented German society. But the BPL exhibit failed to include any photographs of the 10,000 books that were banned in the West Bank by the government of Corporate-oriented Israeli society as recently as 15 years ago. Library administrators in a democratic society should be against book banning by corporate-oriented oppressive governments as well as against book burning by corporate-oriented oppressive governments.
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
27 May 2006
BPLwatch, are you saying that the organizers of the exhibit on Nazi book-burning were thwarted by the BPL in an attempt to something in their exhibit about book-banning in the West Bank? Or are you saying that you object to the fact that the organizers of the exhibit chose to focus on Nazi book-burnings rather than on book-banning more broadly?

If it's the latter, you have no complaint with the BPL--just with the politics of that exhibit. And soI again ask if you're organized an exhibit or proposed the outline of one. If not, you're really in no position to accuse the BPL of censoring it!
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
29 May 2006
The Chosen people of God were given Israel 2,000yrs. ago.We don't care about the Arabs,because they don't belong in our holy land.The BPL is on our side and we pay them well with large donations.Money makes the world go round and we've got plenty,because our people work hard to be rich.Money is power,just look at AIPAC,which controls Congress.No politician would dare criticize Israel.America listens to us and anti-semites like you are hated and ignored.
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
29 May 2006
OMG, I LOVE the holy land!! wouldn't wanna live there, cause, you know, but I LOVE the frikkin holy land!! Israel can spy anywhere they want, including up my ass, as long as that keeps them safe. And if there's anyone you can trust with secret nuclear weapons, it's the residents of the holy land! Do I stink of holiness yet? No? Well WTF? Let's invade IRAN!!!! Freedom and Holiness for EVERYONE!!!
Re: Israeli Government Book Banning & BPL Complicity
29 May 2006
Hey, "The Chosen" and "American":

Your comments are total departures from the original post. I'm guessing there's a good chance that you're actuallybplwatch, changing the subject when you realized that your whining about censorship didn't stand up to argument. pretty weak.
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