Novelist Ian McEwan criticizes Jewish settlements

Novelist Ian McEwan criticizes Jewish settlements

Jerusalem : Israel | Feb 21, 2011 at 2:37 AM PST
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Following British writers identified on the author to settle home for the reason of Israel's policies concerning Palestinians, Prominent British novelist Ian McEwan acknowledged an Israeli literary prize in Jerusalem Sunday with cruel condemnation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

McEwan commends Israel's technological and artistic advances however asked, "Where is Israel's political creativity?" at an recognition ceremony for the Jerusalem Prize.

The novelist condemned Israel with the similar term, telling "it is nihilism to create a long-term jail camp of the Gaza Strip." He also reprimands the "nihilism" of the Islamic militant Hamas, which has appealed for the demolition of Israel and has ablaze rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli towns.

Israel and Egypt have sustained a barrier of the seaside Palestinian territory in view of the fact that Hamas took over the enclave by force in 2007. Israel, the U.S. and EU believe Hamas a terror organization.

Surrounded by other literary prizes, McEwan, author of works counting the best-selling book "Atonement," has triumph the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award.

Other authors who have established the Jerusalem Prize comprise Simone de Beauvoir, Milan Kundera, Arthur Miller and Haruki Murakami. The Jerusalem Prize, Israel's a large amount impressive award for foreign writers, is awarded biannually.

Judge chairman Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told, judges chosen McEwan "for his love of people and concern for their right to self-realization."

McEwan told a Jerusalem audience, counting Israeli President Shimon Peres and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, which the “distinguished judges” of the jury “appear to be challenging that I declare, and I must compel, the persistent evictions and demolitions and persistent purchases of Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem.”

Excluding for one man who jeered the novelist as he presented his speech, the viewers affectionately highly praised McEwan.

A group of British writers under pressured the author not to take a trip to Israel and to decline the prize for the reason that of Israel's policies toward Palestinians.

The writers insisted on McEwan to unite an international movement encouraging a boycott of Israel.

In reaction, McEwan wrote that he is worried about the circumstances of the Palestinians however told he encouraged "conversation, appointment, and looking for ways in which literature, particularly fiction, with its desire to enter other minds, can reach across political divides."

On Friday, McEwan attended a weekly objection in opposition to Jewish settlers who bought a building and turned out longtime Arab residents of an east Jerusalem neighborhood.

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English author Ian McEwan
English author Ian McEwan speaks at the awarding ceremony of the Jerusalem Prize, Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers, at the Jerusalem International book fair in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. McEwan has accepted an Israeli literary prize in Jerusalem with harsh criticism of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Jeronne Zamora is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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