Monday, April 9, 2012
By: Vickie J. Rubinson
Controversial German author Gunther Grass has been barred from Israel for a poem sharply criticizing the Jewish state for its secretive nuclear program and its belligerant position on Iran.
"If Gunther wants to spread his twisted and lying works, I suggest he does this from Iran, snapped Israel's Interior Minister Yishai in announcing the ban yesterday. The poem "What Must Be Said," criticizes what Grass considers Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear program and says the state represents a threat to "fragile world peace," reports the Guardian.
Though Israeli official's fury is sparked by the poem, authorities are officially banning Grass based on a law allowing them to bar any ex-Nazi. Grass admitted in an autobiography in 2006, that he was drafted into a Waffen SS Nazi unit when he was 17.
Grass said he only intended to criticize the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. "I have often supported Israel," he said. "I want the country to exist and at last find peace with it's neighbors."