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Poet Gunter Grass Banned from Entering Israel
Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Chana Yaar

Posted on 04/08/2012 3:03:30 AM PDT by Eleutheria5

Interior Minister Eli Yishai has banned German poet Gunter Grass from entering Israel.

Yishai declared Grass “persona non grata” in the Jewish State on Sunday, saying his poems were an attempt to “fan the flames of hatred against the state, and against Israel.” If Gunter chooses to spread distortion and falsehood, said Yishai, “I suggest that he do so from Iran, where he can find a [more] receptive audience.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also had harsh words for the 84-year-old poet, saying “In order to get publicity and sell a few books, he once more is willing to sacrifice Jews.” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle added his views to the issue in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper Sunday morning as well, noting that the poet's work bespoke a denial of Iran's intentions that was not a simple matter of bigotry, but also dangerous to the world at large.

“Despite international criticism, Iran is advancing its nuclear program,” Westerwelle noted. “There are credible reports that point to a military dimension. In contradiction to international law, Iran refuses to cooperate regarding control of its nuclear program. “Let it be said tto those who don't want to recognize that: This is not a playground for polemics, ideology and prejudices – this is dead serious...

“Nuclear weapons in Iranian hands would be a threat to Israel's security. For our responsible German foreign policy this is reason for special concern, because Germany has a historic responsibility for the people in Israel.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week commented, “For six decades Grass has concealed his past as a member of the Waffen SS. It therefore comes as no surprise that he describes the only Jewish State as the biggest threat to world peace, and opposes it equipping itself with the means for self-defense.”


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: guntergras; iran; nobel; tindrum
1 posted on 04/08/2012 3:03:36 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5
He maintained an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities could “wipe out” and “annihilate” its people, adding that Iran's nuclear ambitions were “unproven.”

It could equally be stated that Israel's nuclear arsenal is unproven.

I believe they have never officially agreed to their possession.

2 posted on 04/08/2012 3:08:49 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

I could see how that would happen. Blowing up an area with weaponized uranium cooking might cause a nuclear explosion.

3 posted on 04/08/2012 3:26:10 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Possibly true. But it would take a rather large number of actual nuclear weapons to actually “wipe out” the population of the very large country of Iran. As opposed to the very small country of Israel.

IOW, Gunther is being hyperbolic.

4 posted on 04/08/2012 3:52:08 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Eleutheria5

He’s still alive? I figured if I studied him in college (well, read one poem) he must be dead my now.

5 posted on 04/08/2012 4:07:18 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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He’s still alive and still a Nazi.

6 posted on 04/08/2012 5:23:59 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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7 posted on 04/08/2012 5:34:49 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Eleutheria5

Israel is showing a shocking lack of tolerance here!

Grass should have been allowed to enter Israel. Then he could be arrested for a hate crime (I’m not a big fan of the “hate crime” concept, but I’d make an exception here).

Perhaps Grass even travels with his SS uniform. He could wear it at his hearing.

8 posted on 04/08/2012 6:45:55 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Good for Israel. So sick of the Israel bashers and those who put up with them.

9 posted on 04/08/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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