university had ordered the
book at the request of Miriam
Shlesinger, who was dismissed
by Ms. Baker from the
editorial board of The
Translator. . .
London, October 31, 2002
Publisher, Citing Academic Boycott, Won't
Sell Book to Israeli University
By HAIM WATZMAN
St JEROME Publishing,
in Britain, has refused to sell a book it
publishes to an Israeli university, as
part of the company's boycott of Israeli
St. Jerome, an academic publisher
specializing in translation studies, is
owned by Mona Baker, a member of
the faculty of the University of
In June, Ms. Baker dismissed two
Israeli scholars from the boards of
academic journals published by St. Jerome.
(See an article from The Chronicle, July
Mina Teicher, vice president for
research at Bar-Ilan University, said that
the university had ordered a copy of an
introductory translation-studies book
called The Map, by Jenny Williams
and Andrew Chestman.
In response, the university received a
letter from St. Jerome stating that,
because of the actions of the Israeli
government, the publisher could not supply
the book to an Israeli institution. Ms.
Teicher said that the university had
responded with a letter stating that it
would no longer order books from St.
Jerome.She said that the university had not
encountered any similar action from any
other publisher. "I hope this phenomenon
does not spread," she added.
A spokesman for St. Jerome confirmed
that the press was not selling books to
Israeli institutions, citing the academic
boycott declared by some critics of
Israel's military actions in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
The university had ordered the book at
the request of Miriam Shlesinger,
who was dismissed by Ms. Baker from the
editorial board of The Translator:
Studies in Intercultural
Ms. Shlesinger said that she had
obtained the book through other channels.
Mr. Chestman, co-author of the book
and a member of the English department at
the University of Helsinki, did not
respond directly to an e-mail message
asking him whether or not he agreed with
his publisher's boycott policy.
"I shall personally give a copy of the
book to an Israeli colleague later this
month," he wrote in reply. "But I condemn
Israeli policy in Palestine."
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