PEN International is appalled by the escalating situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and expresses its grave concerns over the mounting violations to freedom of expression in recent days.
PEN International strongly condemns the use of excessive force against protestors and journalists by the Israeli forces earlier this week.
PEN Canada joins PEN International in calling on Israeli authorities to end administrative detention against journalists and other writers.
In 2006, the Toronto District School Board restricted access to Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak following complaints that the book dealt with issues that were too complex. Auhtor Deborah Ellis looks back on the debate and what it means for today’s conversations.
On March 20, 2006, PEN and a coalition of organizations appealed the Toronto District School Board’s restriction of Three Wishes. Lawrence Hill offers one parent’s view and Evie Freedman provides a young reader’s view.