Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh against BDS

Read here: The Dan David Prize Speech, and the Context � Margaret Atwood: Year of the Flood.

Atwood and Ghosh, recipients of this year's Dan David Prize for fiction, were subjected to pressure by anti-Israel activists to boycott the award ceremony in Israel. Atwood quotes Anthony Appiah, President of PEN American Centre as follows:

We have to stick with our founding conviction that writers must reach out across nations. To stand anywhere else would be to betray our history and our mission.

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