The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

"Enemy" Arab books in Israel

Interesting article on the difficulties of Arab book-sellers in Israel in getting Arab-language books published in Lebanon, Syria, etc. (countries still officially at war with Israel) into the country. The Israeli authorities recently invoked a British-mandate-era law called the "Trade with the Enemy Ordinance" to ban these books. The case is now in the courts. It's important because it affects the cultural horizons of Israel's million-plus Arab population. 

Of course, as part of their ongoing cultural boycott of the state of Israel, I don't think Arab countries let any books published in Israel in.

(Thanks, Sumita)
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