Persona non grata in Israel

FM Lieberman says German author who labeled Israel ‘threat to world peace’ would be willing to ‘sacrifice Jewish nation to sell a few more books.’ Yishai: His poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel

Attila SomfalviPublished:

04.08.12, 12:35 / Israel News  

Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Guenter Grass Persona non grata in Israel, this after the German Nobel literature laureate published a poem in which he criticized Israel’s nuclear program and labeled the Jewish state a threat to “already fragile world peace” over its stance on Iran.

 Yishai’s move means that Grass, 84, would not be permitted to enter Israel if he asked to do so. “Grass’ poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was a part of when donned an SS uniform. His distorted poems are not welcome in Israel and might receive a following in Iran,” the minister said.

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