The West Dunbartonshire Council led by the Scottish National Party has decided to ban books from Israel.
A SCOTTISH council has sparked outrage after banning books as part of a politically-motivated boycott on goods from Israel which critics have described as “a grossly insensitive insult”. SNP-led West Dunbartonshire Council has ordered that its libraries ban any new volumes by Israeli authors, printed or published in the Jewish state. It follows an earlier decision by the local authority to boycott Israeli goods and produce as part of a pro-Palestinian display. Now, it has emerged the areas’ libraries have been told not to stock any new books from Israel. But a similar boycott move by Dundee City Council has had to be abandoned because legal experts advised such a move is illegal under EU law. Several left-wing councils in Scotland have looked at banning Israeli products and services but almost all have rejected it. Last night, the move was condemned by a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy. Press attaché, Amir Oftek also made reference to the infamous events of May 10, 1933, when, encouraged by Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, crowds in Berlin burnt 25,000 books by leading Jewish authors and academics. He said: “This must be the only organisation in the 21st century which is still banning books. Not only does it close down debate but for many Jews and others who wish to contribute to the peace process in the Middle East this is grossly insensitive. “What happened in Europe in the 1930s should be a warning to us all. Where will this end? By burning books again?”[More]File this under assmaggots UPDATE: Related:
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