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Published Wednesday 05/12/2012 (updated) 10/12/2012 10:58
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israel's Ministry of Education has suspended a literature program for fifth graders because a Palestinian novel was on its syllabus, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

The ministry suspended the program after parents complained that pupils were asked to read and summarize "The little lamp," a book by renowned Palestinian novelist Ghassan Kanafani, Maariv newspaper reported.

The literature program is funded by the Jerusalem-based Abraham Fund Initiative, an NGO to advance coexistence.

The ministry says the problem is with the author rather than his novel. Kanafani, who was assassinated in 1972, was a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

As a result, the ministry decided to suspend the program to study it very deeply and decide whether to resume it or cancel it.

This version corrects that Kanafani was assassinated in 1972, not 1976.
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1 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
05/12/2012 23:05
@ Ma'an. Shame on you :-)) Ghassan Kanafani, a native of Akka, was not assassinated in 1976, but on the 8th of July 1972. Did you miss the commemorations this year ? Ghassan Kanafani wrote 'The Little Lamp" (or 'lantern') for the 9th birthday of his niece, Lamis. She was killed with him on that morning in Beirut when the Mossad blew up his car. I encourage everyone to read his novels: 'Returning to Haifa', 'All that's Left For You', 'In the Land of the sad Oranges' etc.

2 ) hariri / qatar
05/12/2012 23:52
when is abu obeydas book released?

3 ) gabi / australia
06/12/2012 08:00
sounds awfully like censorship to me.

4 ) no surprise / usa
06/12/2012 12:36
of course, the main objective of zionism is to erase Palestine, Palestinian culture and Palestinians from history

5 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
06/12/2012 13:17
Correction, Ma'an News. Ghassan Kanafani, was not assassinated in 1976, but in July 1972. The Mossad murdered him with a carbomb in Beirut, because Israel wanted to silence one of Palestine's most influential writers and novelists, whose only weapon was his pen. Israel's education ministry is meekly following. May the children of Israel learn: Ghassan Kanafani was born in Akka, Palestine in 1936 and he and his family were driven from Palestine in 1948. Kanafani went on to become a great writer.

6 ) rami / isreal
06/12/2012 18:13
yeh .1976.. who the hell write ur articles?

7 ) Nora / UK
06/12/2012 20:14
"The little Lamp" is a short story, not a novel.

8 ) Nasser / OPT
07/12/2012 12:35
The title of the book is The Little Lantern, not The Little lamp

9 ) Richard Reilly / USA
07/12/2012 18:15
It's ironic that I, an Irish American living in Chicago appear to know more about the life, politics and literary history of Ghassan Kanafani than whoever wrote this article. Ma'an does a disservice to the Palestinian people and the legacy of Kanafani,with this kind of shoddy reporting. It was precisely his capacity to bring to life the Palestinian experience with his short stories that the Israeli apartheid regime finds truly threatening. Learn to bang on the tank walls, Ma'an.
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