Arab Authors, Publishers Reportedly Stopped from Entering Palestine for Book Fair


The Palestine International Book Fair, now in its eleventh year, opened May 3 in Sarda, north of Ramallah, boasting 500 publishers from all around the world.

This year’s fair is the first event being held on the grounds of the new Palestinian National Library.

The Palestine Information Center reported on Sunday that Jordanian and other Arab publishers had been stopped at the Allenby border crossing, even though their books had already made it through ahead of them and delivered to the fairgrounds.

The Jordanian Publishers Association (JPA) denounced the measure. The association said the Palestinian Authority has always submitted entry permits for publishers so they can attend the annual book fair and that they “have been always accepted except for this time.”

Fair director Nawal Heles told Arab News that “nearly 300 Arab authors and publishers” were denied permits. Heles further told Arab News she’d received no explanation from the Israeli…

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