Günter Grass and criticism of Israel
[english.alarabiya.net] If you dare criticize Israel’s policies, you should expect to be labeled an “anti-Semite”. And the more criminal, brutal or violent the Israeli actions you criticize, the more “anti-Semitic” you are. This, sadly, is a constant refrain from Israeli officials and propagandists. Take the reaction to the poem published last week by German Nobel laureate Günter Grass, warning that Israel is a threat to world peace because of its constant obsession with attacking Iran. Grass also warned against a German role in aiding and abetting such a calamitous aggression (Germany supplies Israel with submarines that could be used to launch a nuclear attack), and wondered why Israel’s nuclear weapons are not subject to inspection. Grass was severely criticized at home, and Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai banned him from visiting Israel, claiming that his words “fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was part of when he donned an SS uniform”.
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