Scotland's West Dunbartonshire Council drew itself some unwelcome attention when it announced it would be boycotting Israeli books, along with all other Israeli products, in response to alleged Israeli atrocities in Gaza, which, of course, have no parallel in the history of the human race, because if they did, wouldn't the West Dunbartonshire Council be boycotting China, and a hundred other countries, not to mention Great Britain, which of course has caused the deaths of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq? Though I suppose it would be difficult to boycott your own country's products, because it would make it very difficult to eat.
The Council's boycott does not in any way seek to censor or silence authors and commentators from Israel.
The Council's boycott only relates to goods 'made or grown' in Israel. The vast majority of mainstream books by Israeli authors are published in the UK and are therefore not affected by this boycott. Only books that were printed in Israel and transported to the UK for distribution would be potentially boycotted.
That clears it up, then: Only those books actually printed in the Jewish state should be boycotted. So, those unlucky Israeli authors (Israeli, of course, meaning Arab-Israeli as well as Jewish-Israeli) who can't find a foreign publisher will have their work censored by the Scottish library police.
Yes, it is true, we're not dealing with very intelligent people here. But don't underestimate the power of chowderheads to do lasting damage.