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A Little Piece of Ground
  Elizabeth Laird Paperback August 2003  Price: �6.74

Message from Emma Rosenthal
make donations to everyone's children a program of The Writing Empowerment Project 

Copy of Message sent to the Toronto Star in Response to their article by Marlene Newesri
Support the Publisher and the Author by sending letters and buying the book
As all young children have been encouraged to read Anne Frank's story, they should similarly be encouraged to read Laird's book which depicts a Palestinian child's life under occupation and oppression.

 Dear Editor 

In the original article that appeared in the Guardian on August 23, it stated that Jewish pressure groups were calling on the publisher to withdraw "A Little Piece of Ground" as being "anti-Israeli," which is about a fictional 12-year-old Palestinian boy named Karim, growing up during the intifada whose family's olive groves have been confiscated by settlers, and how he copes when his father is stripped and humiliated by Israeli troops. The book, written by multi-award winning author Elizabeth Laird, points out that its contents were drawn from actual events, most of which were obtained from Israel's main human rights' website (in all likelihood, the most respected and well-known "B'tselem"). 

The events surrounding the character of little Karim are some of the tragic realities faced by all Palestinian children and their families living in the West Bank and Gaza, and may not even cover all the brutalities which exist under the Israeli occupation. 

Jewish groups have no right to demand that this publication be withdrawn on the ground that it is "anti-Israel," as much as any German groups would equally have had no right to demand that the Diary of Anne Frank be withdrawn from publication on the ground that it was anti-German. As all young children have been encouraged to read Anne Frank's story, so should all children be similarly encouraged to read Laird's book which depicts a Palestinian child's life under occupation and oppression.

It is all the more disheartening that this pressure would originate from groups who have forgotten their own tragic history by trying to silence others in an attempt to deny the existence of an occupation which has devastated the lives of every Palestinian man, woman and child. 

The issue should not be whether an account of events is considered "anti," but whether the events are in fact true. Instead of pressuring the removal of the publication, Jewish groups would do a much better deed in the name of humanity by demanding the removal of the occupation. 


Marlene Newesri
New York City


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Dear everyone,

Please consider writing a letter to the Publishers not to be intimidated by anyone pressuring them about the release of this very important book. 

McMillan Children's Books
25 Eccleston Place
London SW1W 9NF
Tel: 020 7881 8000
Fax: 020 7881 8001
Website: http://www.panmacmillan.com 
CONTACT
Publicity: Alyx Price, Publicity Manager
Sales: Emma Hopkin
Editorial: Kate Wilson, Managing Director Children's 


If you want to send an email, you can write to Kate Wilson or Elizabeth Liddiard.

K.Wilson@macmillan.co.uk

E.Liddiard@macmillan.co.uk

Buy the book for your children or donate it to Everyone's children program

A Little Piece of Ground
  Elizabeth Laird Paperback August 2003  Price: �6.74

Message from Emma Rosenthal
make donations to everyone's children a program of The Writing Empowerment Project 

Copy of Message sent to the Toronto Star in Response to their article by Marlene Newesri
Support the Publisher and the Author by sending letters and buying the book
As all young children have been encouraged to read Anne Frank's story, they should similarly be encouraged to read Laird's book which depicts a Palestinian child's life under occupation and oppression.

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