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Israeli Author Booted From French Panel

Palestinian poet had protested

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Moshe Sakal.(Moshe Sakal)

An Israeli author was kicked off a panel at a conference of Mediterranean writers in Marseilles, France. Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish objected to sharing a panel with the writer, Moshe Sakal, so naturally … Sakal was booted. (Other Arab writers at the panel were apparently against this.) The decision was made by the conference head, Pierre Assouline, who, being a French intellectual, is Jewish. Assouline deemed Sakal “not crucial.” Much like France?

Israeli Author Kicked Off Literary Panel After Request By Palestinian Colleague [Haaretz]

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ben Dish says:

like children.

Viva la France…shame on Israel.

ben Dish says:

This is what Iran does as well when they meet Israeli’s in sporting events or chess.
Send Moshe to read his books in Berlin, people will appreciate him. Arab PC’ness has not landed on Berlin’s shores.

sharon40 says:

The first three letters of his name describe this fool. Is he to young to remember how the french treated his fellow Jews. Sharia in france-coming soon.

philip mann says:

When will the French get around to public burning of Jewish books,or checking to see if visiting Jews have Israeli relatives ,and keep them out ? They have a pretty good record of collaberation,or appeasment,or whatever you term it.

MethanP says:

Anti-Semitism is so ingrained in the western liberal psyche that it would have been more surprising had this not happened. Despite his apparent support from other Palestinians on the panel.

MonkFish says:

A great shame. Assouline is an interesting literary critic (with moderate views on Israel) who runs a very popular blog on Le Sounds like another case of massive peer pressure / mob mentality on the part of Diaspora Palestinians (who have overtaken AIPAC in terms of bigoted, intransigent nationalism). Doubtless there were veiled threats of violent protest.

So much for Marseilles’ reputation as a tolerant “multicultural” city…

Jules – it’s ViVE La France. If you’re going to participate in book burning the least you can do is get the language of your fellow brown shirts right.

MonkFish says:

Kudos to the Moroccan Tahar Ben Jelloun for opposing this bigotry. I recommend his latest article on the victorious Moroccan Islamist party for Le Monde:

(in French)

Bernhardt says:

Again,what is the family name of the Conference “Head”? Oh, yeh, you can stop after the third letter.Much more appropriate.

Book burning is not in my style knowledge though is. It is your misfortune that you do not see what is happening within Israeli society and it is with this you must come to terms of debate, understanding, and change.

andrew r says:

I’m ambivalent to excluding Israelis as private individuals, in that I can’t uncritically support the action on the grounds they are Israeli. However, the fact that Sakal probably served in the IDF is sufficient grounds. No Palestinian should be required to make nice to an IDF veteran.

Joe Wrentz says:

Shame on the organization of the conference. Pierre is week and at best a collaborator of bigotry. His decision should have been ABSOLUTLY NOT to the request of boycotting a colleague. The solicitor of the request should have excused himself from the panel. Pierre is responsible for this failure of the most common and accepted protocol.

To Jule I say. Why be a bigot to an Isreali ex-soldier or not? There is NEVER grounds to be racist and discreminate. Your are guilty just the same to suggest that. Sir.

Who is this sniveling Pierre? Is there anything more sad and pathetic than a self-hating liberal secular Jewish “intellectual”. I imagine that Asinine wants to show the world how progressive he is.


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