Current Affairs

Günter Grass, Israel and the crime of poetry

I invite you to read the following insightful article by Hamid Dabashi (Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York).

An excerpt:

‘Given the history that culminated in the Jewish Holocaust, Jews around the globe, including Israel, have every right to get agitated with a prominent German public intellectual lecturing them about violence. But Zionism is chiefly responsible for having wasted the moral authority of the Jewish Holocaust – through what Norman Finkelstein has aptly called “the Holocaust Industry” – on establishing a racist apartheid state called “Israel” – a colonial settlement as a haven for the victims of a whole history of European anti-Semitism, on the broken back of a people who had nothing to do with that travesty.’

‘With a leading German public intellectual openly criticising Israel, pointing to European hypocrisy, and blaming his own country for aiding and abetting in the aggressive militarisation of the Jewish state – a gushing wound is opened that implicates both Europe and the colonial settlement that in more than one sense is its own creation. In two specific terms, both as a haven for the victims of the Jewish Holocaust and as the legacy of European colonialism, Israel reflects back on its European pedigree. It is here that Grass’ poem reveals more than meets the eye.’

Full article at aljazeera.com

Categories: Current Affairs, Zionism

2 replies »

  1. On matters of Israel and Palestine, the West is often fed pro Israel news. The Western media never shows the many atrocities committed by Israel.

    Thanks for sharing.

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