link A children's novel about a Palestinian girl set against the conflict in the Middle East has sparked outrage in Canada's Jewish community — with some school trustees demanding the book be removed from reading lists and libraries.Except for "The Diary of Anne Frank" which I'm certain is considered "allowable" reading,and I think that book would be considered political. It puts forth the Jewish holocaust, yet with regards to the Palestinian holocaust, that must be ignored, censored or banned. Never mind that the Jewish Holocaust is long over, but the Palestinian holocaust is a long drawn out holocaust, that has gone on for years, where Palestinians are killed slowly over time, 2 or 3 a month, sometimes more like during Cast Lead, when Israel thinks it can get away with it. That must at all costs be censored or banned from being told. There's more::
The Shepherd's Granddaughter, by Canadian author Anne Laurel Carter, tells the story of Amani, a young teenage girl living outside a Palestinian village in the West Bank, who dreams of being a shepherd. The novel — told through Amani's eyes — also depicts her family members' losses and their reactions to encroaching Israeli settlements
The Jewish Tribune recently wrote an article about the novel quoting hurtful comments made toward Jews on Goodreads.com.
"One book by itself is never going to make any child any sort of bigot. Along with other things though, yes, it could. I don't think that's a process that the schools should be helping along," said Brian Henry, a parent in Toronto who writes for the Tribune.
He says schools should be "a politics-free zone."
B'nai Brith Canada has publicly denounced the novel, saying it "demonizes" Israelis and portrays Palestinians as innocent.Oh look, the truth makes her feel hurt, marginalised and offended. But that's nothing compared to the feeling of being homeless as you watch fat Zionist settlers feathering their newly stolen nests on your former land.
"My reading of the book is I walk away feeling hurt and marginalized and offended by the falseness of what's in the book. I don't walk away feeling I've just read a nice little story," said Anita Bromberg, the legal director of B'nai Brith.