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The books by British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and wartime fighter pilot Roald Dahl have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. That includes the title you lovingly give your kids, maybe plan this very Chanuka (and other holiday): James and Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Beach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, BFG, The Tweets, and George’s The coolest medicine.
Now, Dahal’s relatives feel the need for the following point Sorry On behalf of the man who left them all these millions, who died in 1990 and left a dark legacy to others:
Apologies for the anti-Semitic comments made by Ralph Dahl
The Dahl family and the World Dahl Story Company apologize for the ongoing and understandable hurt caused by some of Dahl’s statements. That biased comment is incomprehensible to us and is against the values we have with the well-known man and at the heart of Rolled Dahl’s stories, which have had a positive effect on young people for generations. We hope that, as he did the worst, Roald Dahl can recall the lasting effect of the words.
Here’s what we know (we went to the wiki, so you don’t have to:
In 1983, Dahl reviewed Tony Clifton’s God Creed, a picture book of the Israeli army’s siege of West Beirut during the 1982 Lebanon War, and suggested that it had never been a “race of people” before – you know that – Victims, he said, “people’s sympathy after the Holocaust” turned into hatred and anger. ” He drew the infamous “I am not anti-Semitic. I am anti-Israel, “but when the anti-Semites in it said that Israel was” completely dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions “that” they would not dare to defame the Israelis “.
According to a subsequent report, the editor of the literary review who worked on the original copy included “Israel” for “Jews” and “Israelis” for “Jews”, as such a vicious anti-Semitic attack would have been significant at the time. Protest. He did it anyway because Lad was an irresistible anti-Semitic.
Dahl told a reporter in 1983: “There is a trait in the Jewish character that incites hatred, perhaps a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. I mean there is always a reason to crop anything for any reason; He was not selected for any reason without smelling like Hitler. “
Poor Hitler, look what those Jews did to him …
In a 1990 interview with The Independent, Dahl said he began to hate Jews after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982: “When they bombed Beirut, they killed 22,000 civilians. It was well-received in the newspapers because it was primarily Jewish-owned. I am definitely anti-Israel and I have become anti-Semitic as long as you strongly support Zionism to a Jewish person in another country like England. “
The number of generally accepted civilians in the conflict between Israel and the PLO is between 4,500 and 5,000.
In 2014, the Royal Mint decided not to produce a coin to celebrate the centenary of Dahl’s birth because it was “associated with anti-religion and not considered a writer of the highest repute.”
In his 1994 Rolled Dahl: A Biography, Jeremy Traglon wrote of Dahl’s first novel, “Summer Time Never” (1948): When he began to cry, he would run downstairs to a large safe in which he kept his money, opened it and crawled on the lowest shelf from the inside until it became clear he lay like a hibernating hedgehog. ‘
And a description of the title character in Dahl’s 1945 short story “Madame Rosetti” “A Dirty Old Syrian Jew.”
So Dahl’s anti-Semitic material began in the wake of the 1982 Israeli bombings.
To be sure, Dahl did not just hate the Jews. He noted that even the ompa-lumpas in the chocolate factory may have worn black faces at the Klein Christmas show. And Dahl also hated a lot of women, just, just dirty Syrian Jews. The witch offers plenty of feminist pitfalls. “Witches” are also terrifying creatures, and, well, women.
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