A childrenâs book titled âP is for Palestineâ 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: âOmg. Crazy. Iâm livid at this,ââ one woman wrote on Facebook. âI canât believe itâs real and in NYC!â
Another post reads, âYou have gall advertising your incredibly politically insensitive book on this site.”
And still another Facebook user wrote, âA childrenâs book on Palestine that doesnât recognized the state of Israel is very sad.ââ
The author, Golbarg Bashi, a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she âcame up with the idea for this book after I couldnât find a book about Palestine for children.ââ
She said, after her reading at Book Culture on the Upper West Side, âI 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
Still, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Bashiâs detractors point out that she has written pro-Palestinian blog posts, where she responded: âBy all measured historical accounts . . . Israel is a racial and religious apartheid state,â.
Her book, which features colorful illustrations of Palestinian families, associates each letter of the English alphabet with Palestinian culture: âA is for Arabic, my tongue, a language thatâs the 4th biggest ever sung!â