A childrenâ€™s book titled â€śP is for Palestineâ€ť is infuriating some New York Jewish mothers â€” who claimed that it is nothing but anti-Semitic propaganda disguised as a kidsâ€™ alphabet book.
Of the mothersâ€™ comments on the book: â€śOmg. Crazy. Iâ€™m livid at this,â€™â€™ one woman wrote on Facebook. â€śI canâ€™t believe itâ€™s real and in NYC!â€ť
Another post reads, â€śYou have gall advertising your incredibly politically insensitive book on this site.”
And still another Facebook user wrote, â€śA childrenâ€™s book on Palestine that doesnâ€™t recognized the state of Israel is very sad.â€™â€™
The author, Golbarg Bashi, a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she â€ścame up with the idea for this book after I couldnâ€™t find a book about Palestine for children.â€™â€™
She said, after her reading at Book Culture on the Upper West Side, â€śI love ABC books personally, and I have so many of them at home about all kinds of places â€” Mexico, United States, Italy, everywhere.â€ť
Still, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Bashiâ€™s detractors point out that she has written pro-Palestinian blog posts, where she responded: â€śBy all measured historical accounts . . . Israel is a racial and religious apartheid state,â€ť.
Her book, which features colorful illustrations of Palestinian families, associates each letter of the English alphabet with Palestinian culture: â€śA is for Arabic, my tongue, a language thatâ€™s the 4th biggest ever sung!â€ť