Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

'I is for Intifada': anger at Palestinian children’s book in New York

Alphabet book published last week is attacked for apparently referencing Palestinian uprisings in Israeli-occupied territories

    The children's book was published last week
    The children's book was published last week LaunchGood

    A new alphabet book for children has been attacked after one of its pages appeared to reference the Palestinian intifada.

    The book, “P is for Palestine”, was published in New York last week after raising nearly $16,000 (£12,000) in an internet crowdfunding campaign.

    Pages in the book include “A is for Arabic”, “G is for Gaza” and “Q is for Quds”, the Arabic word for Jerusalem.

    But it was the entry for the letter I – “I is for Intifada” – that triggered heated debate on social media.

    Beneath a drawing of barbed wire, the page text reads: “Intifada is Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!”

    The Arabic word intifada literally means “tremor” or “to shake off”, but in the Middle East it is widely associated with two Palestinian uprisings against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians died in violence across the region between 1987 and 1993, and again between 2000 and 2005.

    An image of the page caused a storm when it was distributed online.

    One Facebook user, Marianne Davies, wrote: “How despicable.....you are promoting a book that invites children to murder Jews.”

    “I am very disappointed,” added Schtalman Michael. “You are promoting the ‘literature’ that is turning human beings, even innocent little children, into enthusiastic suicidal murderers, bloodthirsty androids of the misanthropic ‘Palestinian Intifada’.”

    The author, Golbarg Bashi, an academic of Iranian heritage who teaches history in New York, said in a post on her own Facebook page that the wave of anger had been triggered when she tried to promote the book on a group for New York City mothers.

    She added: “Because of the serious level of threats aimed at me in that page (according to one member, the worst she'd ever witnessed in the years she's been a member of that particular page) I may need police security for my reading of a children's ABC book. In New York City. In November 2017.”

Letters

Letters, January 19th

JC Reporter

Fri, 16:00

Letters, January 19th
The Diary

Mid-life 'sexploits' musical

JC Reporter

Fri, 10:48

Mid-life 'sexploits' musical
UK News

Reuben brothers answer Premier League rumours

JC Reporter

Thu, 15:52

Reuben brothers answer Premier League rumours
News Features

Special report: Trump's first 12 months

JC Reporter

Fri, 15:37

Special report: Trump's first 12 months
World

Israel set to reopen embassy in Jordan

JC Reporter

Fri, 09:36

Israel set to reopen embassy in Jordan
Sport news

Giorgi bows out against 18th seed Barty

JC Reporter

Thu, 12:14

Giorgi bows out against 18th seed Barty
Community News

Starmer's message to Corbyn on antisemtism

JC Reporter

Fri, 11:03

Starmer's message to Corbyn on antisemtism
Community News

10cc star plays for museum his dad helped found

JC Reporter

Thu, 20:30

10cc star plays for museum his dad helped found
Sport news

UCS stars sparkle at London Schools Table Tennis competition

JC Reporter

Thu, 11:44

UCS stars sparkle at London Schools Table Tennis competition