Dec 10, 2011

#BDS: Israeli author kicked off literary panel after request by Palestinian colleague

"In the previous two years the conference had been held in Marseilles, Palestinian writers had refused to come because there were Israeli participants.

There was a stir at a conference of Mediterranean writers in Marseilles yesterday when Israeli author Moshe Sakal was booted from a panel discussion at the request of Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.

The director of the conference, French-Jewish author Pierre Assouline, said Sakal's participation in the panel, which was on the Arab Spring, "was not crucial."

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