Palestine Declared IBBY Section

Monday 10 February 2014 by admin

Palestine was officially declared the 65th IBBY Section, during the Children’s International Bologna Book Fair, April 2003.
Nilima Sinha (India), IBBY’s Vice President and Chair of the Membership Subcommittee at that time said:

“ .. In these difficult and painful times, when children are suffering as a result of a conflict for which they bear no responsibility, which they cannot comprehend, and before which they are helpless, it is important for us to reaffirm the ideals that IBBY stands for. It is children’s culture and their right to books and reading that we normally value. Today it is the very lives of children that need to be defended."

Tayo Shima, from Japan past President of IBBY wrote in this context:

“Since Jella Lepman’s time, we have never lost faith in books, which open doors to hope and help us find pathways leading out of despair. The answer you have given at the very outset of your IBBY term will reassure IBBY members all over the world that there is no contradiction between what they are working toward and the reality of IBBY. Arduous as it may be, IBBY has taken a step forward.”

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