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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ian McEwan Criticizes Israeli Policies in Acceptance Speech

While British novelist Ian McEwan did not respond to calls to reject the Jerusalem Prize for literature, he used the occasion to criticize Israeli policies against the Palestinians. According to The Guardian, he said:

"But it was also nihilism that fired a rocket at the home of the Gazan doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish, killing three of his daughters and a niece during the Gazan war. "And it is nihilism to make a long-term prison camp of the Gaza Strip. Nihilism has unleashed a tsunami of concrete across the occupied territories." The author referred to "continued evictions and relentless purchases of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, the process of the right of return granted to Jews but not to Arabs, the so-called facts on the ground of hardening concrete over the future, over future generations of Palestinian and Israeli children who will inherit the conflict and find it even more difficult to resolve than it is today."

He called for an end to settlements and encroachments on Palestinian land."

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