Creap creap creap…
Well, technically, Syria is in southwest Asia, right next to Israel. I’m not sure whether southwest Asia was quite what Toronto had in mind when it initiated “Asian Heritage Month” — but then, it’s weird enough that a single event commemorates Chinese and Indian civilizations.
Palestine? Oh sure! You just go down this road till you get to Shangri-La, take a left on the road marked Brigadoon. Follow that right past Erehwon and Camelot and when you think you’re going to faint from the stench go on until you feel like wretching and from there you can just follow the flies and rats.
Israel has been described as the crossroads of Africa and Asia. That is because the flora and fauna of the Negev are an extension of East Africa, while nature up north is part of the Eurasian landmass.
Technically, Palestinians (Philistines) are an import from the isle of Crete, a leftover of the Mycenaean civilization that seemed to vanish after either a great quake, drought or Dorian invasion around 1200 BC (the history is a bit uncertain). So the Arabs don’t like them because they aren’t Arabs and technically they are more European than Hamitic.
“Palestine” that fictitious place, right up there with Neverneverland.
I`m glad they found a place to dump the palestinians in.
“Asian” has several different connotations depending on popular usage in various places in addition to geographic exactness. Some Chinese (esp overseas Chinese) use the word to refer to themselves in the larger world in the same way that people of US origin use “American” throughout the world as if it is exclusive to them. Then there are PC “Asian” mentions in places like spineless UK media where it is often code for “muslims kicking over the traces”.
CUPE has a long history of “anti-Israel” activities and they like to infuse its union/political agenda into its workplace work products whenever they can.
This is a complaint you should officially file with the Board of the Toronto Public Library so there might be some chance it won’t be repeated. It would be even better if you can get multiple people (with their own letters, NOT form letters) filing such complaints, the more the better, but spread them out so they don’t all arrive on the same day.
You might even want to inform any sympathetic press to this issue.