Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Spirit of Auschwitz Lives On

Rentiers of the Holocaust

In March 2002, during the Second Intifada, Jose´ Saramago and several other literary luminaries visited Ramallah in the Israeli Occupied West Bank. Saramago made the above statement during his visit.

Responding to the entirely predictable firestorm, including the first resort of Israeli apartheidniks - anti-semitism, Saramago had this to say:

To have said that Israel's action is to be condemned, that war crimes are being perpetrated - really the Israelis are used to that. It doesn't bother them. But there are certain words they can't stand. And to say 'Auschwitz' there ... note well, I didn't say that Ramallah was the same as Auschwitz, that would be stupid. What I said was that the spirit of Auschwitz was present in Ramallah. We were eight writers. They all made condemning statements, Wole Soyinka, Breyten Breytenbach, Vincenzo Consolo and others. But the Israelis weren't bothered about those. It was the fact that I put my finger in the Auschwitz wound that made them jump.

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