Monday, May 20, 2019

After a public outcry from the Highland Park, New Jersey, Jewish community, the Highland Park Public Library has “postponed” and removed from their upcoming events list their May 19 picture-book author event with Golbarg Bashi, author of “P Is for Palestine.” Want to know what “I” stands for? It’s not Israel; it’s Intifada.

Bashi, an Iranian professor of Middle Eastern history at Rutgers University, was set to speak about her human rights-focusing children’s alphabet book about Palestine, which received advance praise by Linda Sarsour and other Palestinian activisits such as Columbia University Prof. Rashid Khalidi. An Amazon review of the book by Yousef Munayyer, executive director of The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), states: “‘P is for Palestine’ is exactly the kind of positive reinforcement needed by children whose identity is constantly under attack.” USCPR, an organization that coordinates the efforts of 329 different pro-BDS organizations, helps to facilitate tax-exempt donations “to a Palestinian coalition that includes Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other groups the U.S. State Department designates as terror organizations,” according to a report by Tablet magazine last year.

The event was originally scheduled for children and families on Sun, May 19. Instead, after news of the event circulated on Facebook, the library postponed the event and called for its discussion at its next regularly scheduled open public meeting with the library board of trustees, on May 20 at 7:30 p.m., after which a final decision will be made. Interested residents are encouraged to attend.