Israeli book store cancels sale of Charlie Hebdo after receiving threats

January 24, 2015 22:58


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Israel's Steimatzky book store canceled the sale of the Charlie Hebdo French magazine after Arab objection.

"Steimatzky decisively supports freedom of expression. The company has sold the magazine for years and will continue to do so. However, the chain  has decided the sale of this issue will not occur at a special event in our store, but be held online starting Monday at 5 pm," reported Maariv, The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication.

The head of the southern Islamic Movement’s United Arab List, Masud Ghnaim, warned in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the book store's action is "very dangerous."

"The Steimatzky chain intends to distribute in two days thousands of copies from the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that includes images which hurts the Islamic religion," said Ghnaim according to Channel 2.

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