The Zionist Organization of America is calling on Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg to change the name of his forthcoming book, as it believes that the title shows "shocking insensitivity to Holocaust survivors."
What's the history here?
Random House publishers announced Thursday that David and his sister Lauren had penned a deal with the publishing house to release a book, "#NEVERAGAIN: A New Generation Draws the Line," June 5.
David said about the book: "Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th."
Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th https://t.co/Vh2gWVWNGq
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 18, 2018
Random House said they plan to make a donation to Everytown for Gun Safety as well.
The book is being described as "a statement of generational purpose, and a moving portrait of the birth of a new movement."
"In times of struggle and tragedy, we can come together in love and compassion for each other," David told Entertainment Weekly. "We can see each other not as political symbols, but as human beings. And then, of course, there will be times when we simply must fight for what is right."
Sister Lauren added, "It’s amazing to see that so much love can come from so much loss. But from our loss, our generation will create positive change."
What's the Zionist Organization saying now?
The Zionist Organization of America isn't at all happy about the title of David and Lauren's book and is calling for the title to be changed.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the org wrote, "By co-opting 'Never Again' title for his book opposing guns, David Hogg trivializes the holocaust."
The press release notes that the Hoggs' book title "offends Holocaust survivors, Jews, and all human rights-loving people."
Another portion of the press release, penned by ZOA President Morton Klein, states:
ZOA and I, as a child of Holocaust survivors who lost most of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to the Holocaust are however, concerned and deeply offended that Parkland student David Hogg is co-opting and politicizing the slogan “Never Again” for the title of his book promoting gun control. This title trivializes the horrors of the Holocaust. Fellow Jewish Parkland high student Kyle Kashuv contacted ZOA and likewise told us that he is deeply offended by Hogg’s usurpation of the title “Never Again.” This inappropriate title displays an unkind and shocking insensitivity to Holocaust survivors, Jews, and all decent, human-rights-loving people around the world. Any attempts to compare the genocide of the Holocaust to modern domestic political issues in the US today is shameful and wrong.
Klein also went on to note that the slogan is "used to ensure that such a horrific and unique genocide never happens again and it should only be used in that context."
Klein's press release concluded by requesting that David rename the book's title immediately.
"It’s the right and moral thing to do," the statement said.
Neither the Hoggs nor Random House have issued statements responding to the Zionist Organization of America's requests at the time of this writing.