Monday, March 05, 2007

Real School Library Censorship

Now that the pseudo-controversy of Scrotumgate has finally subsided, the radical Islamists of Hamas have thoughtfully decided to show everyone what actual school library censorship looks like. The AP has the details:

The Hamas-run Education Ministry has ordered an anthology of Palestinian folk tales pulled from school libraries and destroyed, reportedly over mild sexual innuendo, officials said Monday, in the most direct attempt by the Islamic militants to impose their beliefs on Palestinian society.

The book ban angered and worried many Palestinians, who long feared that Hamas would use its victory in last year's parliamentary election to remake the Palestinian territories according to its hardline interpretation of Islam.

West Bank novelist Zakariya Mohammed said he feared Hamas' decision to ban 'Speak Bird, Speak Again,' a collection of 45 folk tales, was only the beginning and urged intellectuals to take action.

"If we don't stand up to the Islamists now, they won't stop confiscating books, songs and folklore," he said.

The Education Ministry declined immediate comment. A senior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters, confirmed that 1,500 copies of the book had been pulled from school libraries and destroyed.

(Emphasis added-DD)

Link courtesy of Dhimmi Watch.

I wonder just how many of those who were so worked up over Scrotumgate will now condemn this action. Considering the widespread pro-Palestinian sentiment among the library left, I'm not optimistic.


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