VIENNA (Sep. 23)
The number of propaganda books explaining the “historical, legal and political background of the Middle East conflict from the Arab point of view” have increased considerably in German-speaking countries in recent months, Jewish sources reported here. The “Verlag Fuer Zeitgeschichtliche Dokumentation” (publishing house for present-day political documentation) in Rastatt, West Germany, has published a whole series of paperbacks under the title “Palestine Monographies.”
These publications, which contain maps, statistical data and documentation give, at first glance, the impression of historical studies, but in reality they are crude anti-Semitic propaganda, the sources said. The first volume, “The United Nations and the Palestine Question the Zionist Colonization in Palestine.” by Fayez A. Sayegh, compares the European colonization of Africa and Asia with the “Zionist colonization” of Palestine. The author claims that the immigrating Jews, from the very first moment, planned to drive the Arabs from their homes.
Sawmi Hadawi, in his 470-page book, “Bitter Harvest–Palestine 1914-1967,” deals with the “international entanglements of the Zionist movement.” He contends that “there are certain ignorant people, who fell for Zionist propaganda and say the Jews have no other refuge. Israel was their only salvation. This is utter nonsense. If we study world politics closely we recognize that at no time have the Jews had more rights and privileges all over the world than today.”
In a second book, “Focus Palestine,” Hadawi explains the aims and targets of Zionism in crude Arab propaganda style. Other volumes in the series include, “Palestine–Promises and Disappointments,” by Edouard Atiyah and Henry Cattan; and, “Study of Zionist Strategy,” by Ibrahim Abid.