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Norway children’s book provokes Israelis. A Norwegian author has been sharply criticised by the Israeli Embassy in Oslo for his book, allegedly featuring Israelis denying Palestinians water. Israeli Embassy Information Officer Hildegunn Hansen, who says this is the first time they have done such a thing, claims Hans Sande’s “Pappa er Sjørøvar” (Daddy is a Pirate), is “shocking”. Moreover, the heroes manage to sneak by the armed guards through an opening, after getting them drunk. “In front of us is the highest wall I have ever seen. Like a steep partition, almost up to heaven. ‘What’s in your tank’, they ask in English. ‘Just water,’ answers Daddy, ‘just water’,” quotes NRK from the book.

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Norway children’s book provokes Israelis

Published on Saturday, 24th September, 2011 at 13:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

A Norwegian author has been sharply criticised by the Israeli Embassy in Oslo for his book, allegedly featuring Israelis denying Palestinians water.

Portrait of Hans Sande
'Democracy and freedom of speech don’t work this way.'Portrait of Hans Sande
Photo: © Foto: Olav Reiakvam/Cappelen Damm


Israeli Embassy Information Officer Hildegunn Hansen, who says this is the first time they have done such a thing, claims Hans Sande’s “Pappa er Sjørøvar” (Daddy is a Pirate), is “shocking”. Moreover, the heroes manage to sneak by the armed guards through an opening, after getting them drunk.

“In front of us is the highest wall I have ever seen. Like a steep partition, almost up to heaven. ‘What’s in your tank’, they ask in English. ‘Just water,’ answers Daddy, ‘just water’,” quotes NRK from the book.

Ms Hansen states, “You have certain expectations when you get a children’s book in your hands, but we were shocked when we opened it”, continuing, “This is a question of relating a false and demonising account of Israel and Israelis.”

“I had expected reactions. Israel and Israeli friends are accustomed to having a monopoly on the truth. Any criticism of Israel’s conduct has been branded as anti-Semitic and appalling stuff. It’s not like this anymore, however,” says Mr Sande.

Stressing he did not write the book to offend and provoke, and that he has checked his facts, the author of 30 books for children defends his decision, declaring, “The goal was I felt it necessary to express my frustration and despair over the hopelessness of the situation for the Palestinians. Therefore, it was a natural subject for me.”

Whilst publishers Cappelen Damm defend the book, Israel’s embassy has sent the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a letter of complaint.

A surprised Mr Sande says, “I find it strange and slightly comic. What do they think the MFA is going to do, ask the Minister of Culture to straighten a children’s book author up? Democracy and freedom of speech don’t work this way.”



Published on Saturday, 24th September, 2011 at 13:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: israeliembassyoslo, hanssandechildensbookcontroversy, norwegianministryofforeignaffairs.





  
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