BDS-Supporting Author Refuses to Sell Hebrew Rights to His Book About Hillary Clinton
JNS.org – An Israeli publisher seeking to purchase the rights to a book about Hillary Clinton’s presidential race was denied due to the author’s support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israel Hayom reported.
The New York-based publishing house Or Books had recently approach Eitan Singer, head of the Israeli Probook-Dyonon Publishing House, and suggested he bid for the translation rights to Doug Henwood’s book “My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency.”
Singer jumped at the chance, but a day later he received an apologetic email from Or Books Publisher John Oakes, informing him that Henwood refused to sell the rights to an Israeli publication because of his support for the BDS movement.
Singer told Israel Hayom, “Boycotts, silencing people, or refusing to acknowledge different opinions go against the very nature of the publishing world. Freedom of expression trumps everything.”
Henwood, 63, is a journalist, economic analyst, author, and radio personality, as well as a contributing editor with the progressive weekly “The Nation.” His book, whose controversial cover features an illustration of Clinton holding a gun, tries to debunk the Democratic hopeful’s campaign promises.