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25 SEP

Stripping Shamsie of German Prize Over Pro-Palestinian Positions Assault on Free Speech

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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemns the decision of the Nelly Sachs Prize jury to withdraw author Kamila Shamsies award over her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

 

    The Israeli government has repeatedly contravened international laws and the United Nations resolutions when it comes to the Palestinian population and territories

The British-Pakistani author has reportedly been participating in the boycott movement against the Israeli government for its Palestinian policies since 2014.

In a statement following the jurys decision, Shamsie shared her disappointment and explained why she supports the BDS. “In the just-concluded Israeli elections, Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to annex up to one third of the West Bank, in contravention of international law, and his political opponent Benny Gantzs objection to this was that Netanyahu had stolen his idea; this closely followed the killing of two Palestinian teenagers  by Israeli forces – which was condemned as appalling by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process,” Shamsie said.

The Nelly Sachs Prize is a biennial literary prize awarded by the German city of Dortmund to honor authors for their contributions to the promotion of understanding between peoples. It is named after the German-Swedish Jewish poet Nelly Sachs.

The Israeli government has repeatedly contravened international laws and the United Nations resolutions when it comes to the Palestinian population and territories.

The BDS, a citizen-led movement, was started in response to international inaction and modelled on the South Africa boycott against the Apartheid regime. The BDS is not a violent campaign, and its supporters should not be discriminated against for their involvement.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Right Monitor is concerned that this will set a dangerous precedent of a serious assault on free speech in Germany and other parts of the world.

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