Think hate literature is only written for adults? Guess again! A hideous new children’s book called “P is for Palestine” is for sale on Etsy. Not only does it contain vile hate speech, but it actually encourages youngsters to become terrorists!
Take this troubling line as an example: “I is for Intifada, Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!”
Those of us who are familiar with Israeli history are aware that Intifada is also the word used for the two bloody Arab uprisings that occurred in the 1980’s and in the early 2000’s. Many innocent people were wounded and killed needlessly during those times.
Anyone who loves peace would never, ever claim that Intifada is good, especially to an impressionable young mind.
It is so hard, day after day, to see Israel vilified and lied about in the news and in pop culture. The truth is that Arab citizens of Israel have the exact same rights and privileges that Jewish citizens enjoy. They are not hurt, abused, or marginalized by the government, and anyone who says otherwise is not being truthful.
Parents should teach their children that prejudice of any kind is wrong and stress tolerance and friendship with every group as right. We are all a part of the human race and that’s what matters—our similarities, not our differences.
I recognize that the First Amendment exists for a reason and the author can write and distribute this garbage if they wish, however, Etsy doesn’t have to be the vehicle and definitely should not allow listings that promote hate to be featured on their site.
Very troubling, very unnecessary, and very sad!