Israeli Author Sues Shalit Family over Book Rights

Published: May 6th 2010
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When the Shark and the Fish First Met

Israeli author Shelly Elkayam has said she is suing the family of captured Israeli Defense Forces soldier, Gilad Shalit, for the rights to a recently published book that Shalit wrote at age 11.


She is demanding royalties for the sales of When the Shark and the Fish First Met which has been published to date in 17 editions.


"The story that Gilad Shalit wrote in a book called 'When the Shark and the Fish First Met,'” Elkayam had said, “was written by me."


Elkayam, who published the book "When the Snake and the Mouse First Met," told Army Radio that Gilad Shalit copied her story when writing his book, which was subsequently published after he was abducted by Hamas in 2006.


Elkayam reportedly also told Army Radio that the Shalit family was holding her story “hostage”.


According to the Shalit Family, Gilad had written the book when he was 11 years old as part of a school project. The book was inspired by Elkayam's book, sharing both the main idea and moral of the story; however, the Shalit family has claimed the characters in the story, as well as the ending, were quite different.


They had even given her credit in the book for writing the work that inspired his book.


Elkayam said she hasn’t yet “met the Shalit family and have no intention of meeting them, since they placed the responsibility of the theft on their son who is being imprisoned by Hamas. When they realized the severity of the issue they made up a foundation in order to avoid the legal responsibilities."


Noam Shalit, Gilad’s father, told News1: "I know that there were some allegations but I am not involved in the matter. The publisher called her and there was some contact at one point in order to respond to the allegations, and as far as I remember, I think that the book was published with her permission and included a note. Personally I had nothing to do with the publishing of the book.”

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