By Michael Hoffman
The Günter Grass poem protesting the possible annihilation of the Iranian people by the Israeli Air Force has led to the Nobel Laureate being banned by the Israelis. In a New York Times report in the April 9, 2012 issue, Israeli Minister Avigdor Lieberman the anti-Arab racist, is quoted making a moral objection to western intellectuals like Grass. Is Lieberman in a position to do so? The Times doesn’t tell its readers that Lieberman has talked of drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea and executing Israeli Palestinians who talked to Hamas.
Lieberman is only one of numerous racist Israeli rogues who are being cited in the media as pillars of moral rectitude calling the supposedly vile German, Günter Grass, to account. Another is Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, head of the Arab and gentile-hating Shas political party, whose spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has called for the extermination of the Palestinians and equated gentiles with donkeys. With these credentials and affiliations, Yishai called for Grass's Nobel Prize to be withdrawn. The western media play along with these Israeli racists and haters execrating Günter Grass for daring to call for peace and concern for the value of Iranian human life, if indeed it has any in the eyes of Lieberman, Yishai and Yosef.
Iranians are of such sub-human Talmudic status that the New York Times doesn't even bother to mention that the Grass poem seeks to protect Iranian people from a possible Israeli holocaust. Such protection for Iranians is not an issue for the western media. The sacrosanct immunity of Israeli violence and domination must be maintained against all dissenters, even Nobel Prize winners.
Imagine banning a poem because it sought to protest the possible annihilation of Israelis. The high brow literati of the West would rise with one voice to denounce such a ban as a neanderthal disgrace. While in the case of Grass, stock epithets of “anti-semitism” are hurled at the poet by the New York Times. The double-standard is breath-taking.
Grass should be given a medal for writing on behalf of millions of Iranians threatened by the Israeli Air Force and its bombs. Anyone who doubts what the Israeli military is willing to do to civilians, should examine the suppressed history of the Israeli bombing of the city of Beirut in July and August, 1982, a holocaust which the New York Times long ago conveniently forgot, along with many other massacres perpetrated by the Israelis.
This isn't the first time the Israelis have barred foreigners from entering the country as "punishment" for critical statements. The US-based Judaic linguistics professor Noam Chomsky, who has often criticized the Israeli government, was banned from crossing the Israeli border from Jordan two years ago. Last summer the Israelis stopped several hundred pro-Palestinian activists from travelling to the West Bank. In October 2010, the Israelis expelled Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire after detaining her for a week. She had travelled to meet Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.
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