Apr 11, 2012
Israel has declared Nobel Prize-winning German author Gunter Grass "persona non grata" over a poem that deeply criticises the Jewish state and suggests it is as much a danger as Iran. In a poem called "What Must Be Said" published last Wednesday, Grass, 84, criticised what he described as Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear programme and labelled the country a threat to "already fragile world peace" over its belligerent stance on Iran. On Sunday, Israel's interior minister, Eli Yishai, announced that Grass would be barred from Israel for his attempt “to fan the flames of hate against the state of Israel and the Israeli people".
Below, then, is a link to Gunter Grass' poem 'What Must Be Said'
(References for text: Agencies, Al Jazeera. Photo: Via Wikicommons)