‘I’m not going to take this’ after UK publishing house fires founder for ‘anti-Semitism’
An Irish publisher is saying he won’t be able to publish the first book by a member of the Irish-American publishing house he founded because of the company’s decision to fire the founder over a “anti-Semitic” article.
“I’m going to be very, very disappointed with them,” said Andrew McKeown, the owner of Irish publishing house Open Books in Dublin, who announced his decision Friday on Twitter.
“This was a completely unprovoked attack, and I’m not taking this issue lightly.”
Open Books said McKeon’s actions have been “a gross misrepresentation of my beliefs and my beliefs are anti-Zionist, anti-Semitism is wrong, and that there are legitimate issues of hate speech.”
McKeowds company, which is based in the UK, said in a statement that it will continue publishing the book, “A Long Way Down the River,” and that it is “deeply saddened and offended” by the incident.
Open Books says McKeons views on Zionism and Israel have “no place in our business” and that he should not be fired from the company because of his views.
He has previously said he believes the “Israeli state is a Jewish state.”
McKeeks books include “Black & White: The Untold Story of the Civil Rights Movement” and “The American Jewish Experience.”
He is also the co-founder of the “Irish Review.”
Mckeewn said he wrote a book about the Holocaust and the aftermath with the group that publishes it, the Irish Holocaust Memorial Foundation, in 2013.
“It’s a good book, but it is a very controversial book.
I wrote it with a different perspective, I wanted to tell a story of people that had to overcome adversity, and a story that was told through the lens of the Holocaust,” McKeoods said.
“If you look at that book, it was not a racist piece of literature.
I don’t think I’ve done anything to offend anyone, but I think the author felt it was necessary to write it.”
McKay was among the writers to be featured in a book published by Open Books, entitled “The Black & White Story of Irish America.”
The book, published by the Irish Review in the U.K., was titled “The Holocaust in Ireland.”
“I was proud to be part of the book and to be able contribute to the celebration of the memory of the thousands of Irish who were killed by the Nazis,” McKay said.
He said the publisher decided to fire McKeown after “he refused to apologize for the book.”
“When I asked them what he meant by ‘anti the Jewish’ they said ‘anti Zionism.’
I asked him why he did that and they told me he thought he was being ‘anti Jewish,'” McKay added.
McKeoeffs views on Israel and Zionism are “deep rooted in my religious beliefs, and there is nothing in my books that supports anti-Israel sentiments,” McKeads statement said.
McKees views on the Holocaust “have no place in my business,” Mckeowns statement continued.
“He said he felt ‘anti Jews’ and they responded by saying, ‘you’re not Jewish, you’re anti-Semitic.’
They did not have a discussion about my beliefs.” “
They are a racist, bigoted, and anti-Semite, and the publisher made a decision based on that.
They did not have a discussion about my beliefs.”
Open Book’s statement also stated that McKeefons books were “a significant contribution to the Irish American community.”
“We believe that it’s important that books that are about our history and our culture are published to be a contribution to this community, and to the wider world.
We believe that the right to freedom of expression is central to our society, and we hope that the publisher’s decision will be reversed,” the statement said, referring to Open Books.
Mckeowds statement came amid criticism of Open Books over the weekend after it published an op-ed published by a man who is Jewish, in which he called for a boycott of Israeli products.
McKays statement was met with anger and condemnation from Jewish groups and celebrities including actress Jennifer Lawrence, who called the decision “a travesty.”
Lawrence, whose husband Lawrence is Jewish and who has two children, told the Irish Times she was “very disappointed” by McKeeeks actions.
“What a sad and ignorant comment.
He should be ashamed of himself,” Lawrence said.
The boycott, however, was not universally popular, with a number of celebrities, including Jennifer Garner, tweeting that they would be boycotting Open Books books.