|…They’re claiming that they didn’t ban Israeli books,
only books printed in Israel….
- Recently several districts in southwest Scotland have expanded the boycott on Israeli products, and are now barring stores from carrying English translations of Israeli books. Shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. After the raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza, the boycott included “a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council’s jurisdiction.”
The Scottish city of Dundee also joined the West Dunbartonshire by distributing “posters…calling on some 150,000 residents to refrain from buying Israeli goods.” Israeli products will also have a special mark placed on them to make them more identifiable. No other country’s books are being boycotted.
It is expected that “ten more Scottish councils may join the boycott.”
As Giulio Meotti has written, “it is impossible to make an exhaustive list of the economic actions against Israel, with radical anti-Jewish venom spreading through the West” and as Caroline Glick has written, “what did [Israel ever] do to the Scots?”
The Scottish decision is the first time that a European region has actually “cleansed the presence of Israeli books.” It is reminiscent of all the evil associated with the Holocaust – from marking the books to denying people the ability to read and think for themselves.
Meotti, author of A New Shoah: the Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism poignantly calls for “European intellectuals to stand for truth because the worst of all anti-Jewish persecutions, that of Hitler, almost marked the end of European history. Now it may happen again.”
This despicable Scottish decision to ban Israeli books “is eerily reminiscent of darker times” and demonstrates how far “respectable antisemitism has come.” Anti-Zionism is the new name for antisemitism and “a place that boycotts books is not far from a place that burns them.”
West Dunbartonshire Council utterly refutes recent media claims that it has ‘launched a boycott on Israeli books’.
The Council’s boycott does not in any way seek to censor or silence authors and commentators from Israel.
The Council’s boycott only relates to goods ‘made or grown’ in Israel. The vast majority of mainstream books by Israeli authors are published in the UK and are therefore not affected by this boycott. Only books that were printed in Israel and transported to the UK for distribution would be potentially boycotted.
In the two and a half years the boycott has been in place there has never been a case when the library service has been unable to purchase a book it wished to as a result of this boycott.
Contrary also to some media reports the boycott is not retrospective and absolutely no books have been or will be removed from our library shelves as a consequence of the motion.