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French Novel In Praise Of Suicide Terrorist

A new best-selling French novel for teens, entitled, "Rever la Palestine" (Dream of Palestine), sympathetically portrays a young Arab who becomes a suicide bomber - and the Simon Wiesenthal Center is spearheading a major protest.
First Publish: 12/9/2002, 12:40 PM

A new best-selling French novel for teens, entitled, "Rever la Palestine" (Dream of Palestine), sympathetically portrays a young Arab who becomes a suicide bomber - and the Simon Wiesenthal Center is spearheading a major protest. The author is herself only 15 years old, an Egyptian living in Italy, who writes about Palestinian teenagers fighting "bloodthirsty Jews who assassinate children and old people, profane mosques, and rape Arab women." One of the novel's heroes calls for Jihad against the Jews who are "a doomed people" and to "kill all Israelis." The main character in fact blows himself up along with five Israelis. The book, published by Flammarion, France's third largest publishing house,quickly sold out in major bookstores in Paris.Flammarion is a subsidiary of the Italian media giant Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, owner of one of the largest Italian daily newspapers as well as Rizzoli bookstores in the United States. The Wiesenthal Center is urging
Amazon France and other French online websites to stop selling the book, which it says is "full of libelous accusations and which clearly incites racist violence and validates terrorism."