21 November 2003

FrontPage magazine.com: "Death threats have forced a French publishing house to cancel plans this month to publish a translated version of American author Robert Spencer's book, Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About The World's Fastest Growing Faith."
Soon after the book's publication was approved in France last April, its translator, French writer Guy Milliere, began to receive death threats.
"I sent him (the publisher) the translation of the first thirty pages," said Milliere in a written interview. "A couple of weeks later I started to receive death threats by e-mail: 'You must be an enemy of Islam; you will die for what you do'; 'You must be a Jew; I hope somebody will slit your throat, you dirty Jew pig', etc...I asked the police to act; I have received no answer."
Milliere adds that the intended publisher, Yves Michalon, also received death threats. Moreover, opposition to the book's publication in France came not only from outside, but also from within the publishing house, which bears the publisher's name. According to Milliere, one of Michalon's assistants told him that if he published the book, he would resign, because it was "racist." He also said he would go to the media with this charge.
For his part, Spencer calls the cancellation of his book's publication "...a symptom of the Islamic agenda in France and the silencing of non-Muslims as 'dhimmis'."
"What you have here is a subjugation of public opinion in France," he said. "It's ironic. If you don't say Islam is a religion of peace, they will kill you. My book doesn't advocate murdering anyone. It only investigates questions about Islam, but it is so threatening that they'll kill to silence it."
While people are threatened with death over publication of Spencer's work, the novel Rever la Palestine (Dream of Palestine) faced no apparent obstacles in reaching the booksellers.
The author has one of the book's characters calling for a Jihad against the Jews, while the main character becomes a suicide bomber who kills five Israelis.
As for the stillborn Islam Unveiled, Milliere says he will now try to get another publisher for the book, possibly in Switzerland. He says free speech concerning Islam doesn't exist anymore in France.
Islam Unveiled at amazon.com and at amazon.fr
Robert Spencer's Dhimmiwatch and a quote from the site: "The dhimmi attitude of chastened subservience has entered into Western academic study of Islam, and from there into journalism, textbooks, and the popular discourse. One must not point out the depredations of jihad and dhimmitude; to do so would offend the multiculturalist ethos that prevails everywhere today."