Steimatzky cancels in-store sale of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ ‘survivors’ issue’ after Arab objections

Steimatzky, the nation’s largest bookstore chain, canceled the in-store launch of the sale of the Charlie Hebdo French weekly’s “survivors’ issue,” after Arabs objected to its depiction of the prophet Muhammad.

“Steimatzky decisively supports freedom of expression. The company has sold the magazine for years and will continue to do so. However, the chain has decided the sale of this issue will not occur at a special event in our store [at Ramat Gan’s Ayalon Mall], but it will be held online starting Monday at 5 p.m.,” Ma’ariv, The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication, reported on Saturday.


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