Amos Oz said less than a year ago that he wouldn’t participate in events sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and now this darling of the liberal Zionist community is backtracking.
November 2015, per the Forward:
Last November, Yediot Aharonot reported that Oz would no longer participate in official events sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Doesn’t this give succor to those who wish to boycott Israel? I asked him about it.
“I’m not part of any boycott against Israel,” he said. That “would be and is a crude mistake and a harmful step.” Rather, his disagreement is with the present government, one he calls “the most militant, right-wing government Israel ever had.”
Well that was then and this is now.
Posted by Israeli Apartheid:
Here’s the official announcement from the Societe des Gens de Lettres, again with the logo for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at lower left.
It’s not like the government has gotten any better, has it?
I wonder if this has anything to do with the movie that Natalie Portman has lately released of Oz’s book about his childhood, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Director Portman offered this political lesson from Oz on WNYC earlier this month that touches on Europe.
One of his real talents as a peace leader– because in addition to being a great novelist he is of course one of the founders of the Peace Now movement and a great great spokesman for the two state solution– and one of his assessments which I included in the film, which is from the book, is where he talks about how both the Jews and the Arabs are victims of Europe, and that they’re sort of children of the same abusive father. And that instead of seeing each other as siblings of the same abusive father, they look at each other as the new abusive father, the new colonialists or the new Nazis. And I think it’s really accurate to see the nations as individuals.
Thanks to Ofer Neiman.