TEL AVIV (May. 21)
The Israeli Book Publishers Association today denounced the Polish Government’s boycott of Israeli books and books on Israel subjects. In a statement issued here, the publishers declared that every country has an obligation to open its doors to all books. The boycott of Israel’s books can only undermine international trust, the statement said. The Israeli delegation to the international publishers convention in Amsterdam next month will submit a resolution censuring Poland for its book boycott.
(The New York Times reported from Warsaw today that Poland has acknowledged for the first time that its current “anti-Zionist” campaign is hurting foreign trade. The official Polish press agency, PAP, said “several Western trade concerns” that cancelled contracts with Poland were motivated by “clearly militant Zionism” but added that its effect on Polish trade with the West was negligible, the Times reported.)