A children's book titled "P is for Palestine" is infuriating some #NewYork #Jewish mothers — who charge that it's nothing but anti-Semitic propaganda disguised as a kids' alphabet book.
"Omg. Crazy. I'm livid at this," one woman wrote on Facebook. "I can't believe it's real and in #NYC !" •
Another post reads, "You have gall advertising your incredibly politically insensitive book on this site." •
And still another #Facebook user wrote, "A children's book on #Palestine that doesn't recognized the state of #Israel . . . is very sad." •
But the author, Iranian-born #GolbargBashi , a Pace history professor and former Rutgers Iranian-studies instructor, told an audience at a bookstore reading Saturday, that she "came up with the idea for this book after I couldn't find a book about Palestine for children." •
She told #ThePost after her reading at Book Culture on the #UpperWestSide , "I love ABC books personally, and I have so many of them at home about all kinds of places — #Mexico , #UnitedStates , #Italy , everywhere." •
She added that she's trying to get funding for a kids' #Hebrew language alphabet block set. She's already produced a block set in #Persian , a language spoken in Iran.
#Iran has been siding with the #Palestinians in their feud with #Israel for decades.
At least one Jewish parent who attended the reading was supportive of Bashi.
Still, Bashi's detractors point out that she has written pro-Palestinian blog posts.
At least one takes direct aim at Israel.
"By all measured historical accounts . . . Israel is a #racial and religious #apartheid state," Bashi wrote.
Her book, which features colorful illustrations of #Palestinian families, associates each letter of the #English alphabet with Palestinian culture: "A is for Arabic, my tongue, a language that's the 4th biggest ever sung!" •
But some of the phrases and illustrations are clearly anti-Israel.
"I is for Intifada, #Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!" It shows a child on her father's back standing before barbed wire and flashing #peace signs.
#Intifada refers to the two Palestinian uprisings against Israel, in the '80s and early 2000s.