- Pedro Varela, my Spanish publisher is a very unusual
idiosyncratic person: tall, with high forehead of a thinker and manners
of a Spanish grandee, mountain climber, admirer of Yukio Mishima, a bachelor
and vegetarian, a man of great learning and modest habits, indifferent
to comforts like Don Quixote, connoisseur of arts and a friend of Palestine.
He was squarely against American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and published
and promoted my books on this subject. Politically he is a maverick: he
tends to radical right, is friendly to Muslims, an antipode to Geert Wilders
and Zionist far right . He published many sorts of books, including books
about the World War Two, and that was his undoing: they dropped him into
a dungeon, the worst in Spain. Maria Poumier, our friend and my translator
into Spanish, a poet who lived for years in socialist Cuba, wrote this
short memoir about the man whose freedom we demand today.
- --Israel Adam Shamir
- What Happens To Pedro Varela, The Spanish Publisher?
- By Maria Poumier
- He is in jail near Barcelona, incarcerated since Sunday
December 12th (1) 2010 being sentenced for fifteen months. This is the
end of a long run: the Catalonia's court was after him since 1996, for
publishing, selling and promoting books that the Jewish lobby dislike.
At first, he was sued for H denial; but the supreme court of Spain decided
in 2007 that this is not punishable in Spain, because "democracy relies
on freedom of investigation and scientific knowledge, and history of WWII
is a matter of science". So now he was found guilty of promoting hate,
and worse than that: he supposedly approved of the big H! Pedro Varela
argues, how can you approve a genocide which you don't believe it ever
- Usually, at present, in Spain, you don't go to jail if
the sentence is for less than 2 years, tells his lawyer. Pedro's new sentence
is for 15 months, still they sent him to jail.
- The prosecutor, called Miguel Angel Aguilar, is a well
known friend of SOS Racism, a Jewish-led body that needs to find racists
in order to justify its existence, and find public funding by taxpayers.
So is the principal judge, Mrs Estela, as Pedro explains.
- The sentence punishes Pedro for his supposed intentions,
not for any precise offence; but even accepting such a non-legal claim,
it is not logical at all: it recognizes the right to sell any kind of books,
but not the right to sell + publish + promote some of them, even when our
society is based of the supreme law of marketing goods; the matter is not
one particular book or another: there was no previously a list of forbidden
books in Spain; most of the listing have already been published by other
publishers, or are available for free on internet.
- On the list of incriminating literature you can find
a book by the psychologist Hans Eynseck (available on the shelves of the
big Spanish store "El Corte Ingles"), a book against vivisection
of animals, and some classics of the far right by German and Rumanian authors
as well as the Spanish ones. But it is not a definitive list, and through
the successive trials, it has grown or shrunk!!! In one of the early versions
of the list even a collection of pro-Palestine essays by Israel Shamir,
a Christian Israeli citizen, was found, though later it was dropped. None
of the authors has been sued until now.
- So, as Pedro insists, this is much worse than the Inquisition
of old: then you could obtain a list of forbidden books, and stay away
from them, but now the list comes afterwards, it is absolutely foggy, and
doesn't come from any official desk, but from some mysterious foreign forces
through their local servants.
- As a matter of fact, Catalonia has always been seen by
the rest of Spain as a Jewish enclave, with tight links with Genoa, next
to its coasts. Barcelona has the only important Jewish community in Spain,
with some 5000 persons. Bauer, Rothschild, Danone, are still important
families of Barcelona, and the popular Catalan leader Jordi Pujol has sent
his sons to a kibbutz. The Zionist thinker and art critic Max Nordau (son
of Hungarian Sefaradi rabbi and poet Gabriel Sudfeld, of an old family
from Saragossa) published in Barcelona his bright History of Spanish Painting,
so he is considered a Catalan there. The book by Angel Pulido, an important
writer who gave an intellectual renaissance to Sefer in Spain, has been
translated to French by Max Nordau.
- At the same time, Catalonia has strong anti-Israeli tendency:
the projected Sarkozy's conference on extending the European structures
to the Mediterranean States (which means first of all institutionalizing
the presence of Israel in the midst of these structures) was cancelled
by the Catalan government, as a protest against the new settlements ordered
by Netanyahu; last year, the Home Minister of Catalonia had lead the demos
against the Gaza slaughter, and cancelled a H celebration on January 29th.
This year, a popular sculptor called Eugenio Merino woke Israel's wrath
showing his "Ladder to Paradise" a prostrated Muslim under a
kneeling Christian, under a standing up and laughing Rabbi http://eglise1piege.unblog.fr/files/2010/03/lescalierduparadis.jpg).
ADL and others of its ilk consider Spain as the most anti-Jewish country
in Western Europe. The Jewish State was not recognized until 1986.
- The US are not popular, but Wikileaks cables show that
the government recently was ready to submit to the US ambassador Aguirre's
request when he asked to drop the charges against the US marines who murdered
the cameraman Couso at the balcony of Hotel Palestine in Baghdad; the cases
of using Spanish airports for the US "flying prisons", and of
torture in Guantanamo will be probably dropped as well. Spain considers
it has "universal jurisdiction", as Belgium claimed, until Belgian
judges tried to judge Ariel Sharon See all the details on
- In such a hot battlefield, the old-fashioned Nazi literature
Pedro was selling is not a real danger for anybody, mostly because Spaniards
cannot claim to belong to the supposedly sublime Nordic race: real hyperborean
master folk have always laughed at the Spanish, and considered them "degenerated
African bastards". Catalans indeed have a tendency to a scornful and
racist nationalism, but Varela is not a separatist Catalan. The reference
to German self-adoring mythology is used against Varela because it allows
viewing him as a Halloween ghost from a remote past.
- Pedro Varela enjoys his peculiar fame: he is catholic,
vegetarian and alpinist; he wishes to advance further in his quest. As
he says, he is guilty of a kind of sin no one can withdraw or repent: the
search for freedom of mind, not only for his Nazi fellows, but for whole
- (1) One can write to Pedro, in Spanish or in English,
at Señor Pedro VARELA
- Centro Penitenciario Brians 1
- Apartado de Correos 1000
- Barcelona -ESPANA
- (2) Here is the final list of books Varela should not
have offered in his modest bookstore, on Seneca 12, in the ancient core
- Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona
- Sección Segunda
- Rollo de Apelación nº AP79/10
- Procedimiento Abreviado nº 150/09
- Juzgado de los Penal nº 11 de Barcelona
- Sentencia nº 259
- Barcelona, 26 de abril de 2010
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