Author Kamila Shamsie stripped of her German prize due to her support of the Palestinian boycott of Israel movement, BDS. (Photo courtesy of Euro-Med)Â
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med), today, condemned a decision, by the Nelly Sachs Prize jury, to withdraw author Kamila Shamsieâ€™s award over her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to a press release.
WAFA reports that 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 juryâ€™s decision, Shamsie shared her disappointment and explained why she supports the BDS: â€śIn 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 Gantzâ€™s objection to this was that Netanyahu had stolen his idea; this closely followed the killing of two Palestinian teenagersÂ Â by Israeli forces – which was condemned as ‘appallingâ€™ 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 Nationsâ€™ resolutions when it comes to the Palestinian population and territories, said Euro-Med.
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, it added.
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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