Piden boicotear feria del libro
En mayo, la Feria del Libro de Turin tendrá como País Invitado de Honor a Israel. Escritores de la talla de David Grossman, Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua y Etgar Keret han confirmado su asistencia. Pero no todo es color de rosa: el intelectual musulmán Tariq Ramadan pide un boicot.
Dice la nota: "In an interview on Feb. 1 with the Italian news agency ADN Kronos, Ramadan called on “all people of conscience” to boycott the Turin fair. “From now on we cannot recognize the legitimacy of celebrating the state of Israel, which leaves death and desolation in its wake.” The issue, he said, “is not an Islamic or Arab question, but a matter of world conscience.” (Ramadan also called for a boycott of the Paris Book Fair, to be held from March 14 to 19, because it too will honor Israel.) After the ensuing media storm, Ramadan clarified his remarks on his own Web site, saying the boycott campaign was “intended as criticism of the ‘guest of honor.’ It is not an attempt to prevent Israeli authors from attending or from expressing themselves. It does not refuse to engage them in debate.”
Responding in La Repubblica, Italy’s main center-left daily, the French-Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jalloun opposed the boycott — saying it would “give the state of Israel grounds to present itself not as an occupier of the Palestinian territories, but as a victim.” (Ben Jalloun’s statement is available in French on his Web site.) “Boycotting the next Turin Book Fair won’t pave the way for peace and reconciliation,” he wrote. “Criticize the policies of a state. Criticize a novel on its literary merits.” Others have since weighed in. David Grossman told La Repubblica that “in principle, I am opposed to the culture of boycotts, because the essence of culture is dialogue.” And the Italian novelist Claudio Magris wrote opposing the boycott on the front page of Corriere. Again, no live links, but this blog is keeping track of everyone’s position.