Israel declares Guenter Grass persona non grata

Israel has declared German author Guenter Grass a persona non grata, after a critical poem published by the Nobel laureate described Tel Aviv as a threat to world peace.

On Sunday, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai barred Grass from entering the entity and accused him of fuelling the fire of hate against Tel Aviv.

In the poem titled “What Must Be Said,” which was published in the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday, Grass accused Israel of threatening world peace.

“Why do I say only now … that the nuclear power Israel endangers an already fragile world peace? Because that must be said which may already be too late to say tomorrow,” Grass wrote.

The 85-year-old author says Iran is in danger of a nuclear attack from Israel and expresses concern over the consequences of the zionist regime attempting to carry out an act of aggression against Iran.

“We could be suppliers to a crime that can be foreseen, which is why none of the usual excuses would erase it,” Grass writes, referring to Germany’s plan to sell Israel a sixth nuclear-capable Dolphin-class submarine.

The poem has drawn the ire of the Israeli regime. The Israeli embassy in Berlin issued a statement on Wednesday, saying the entity is “not prepared to assume the role that Gunter Grass assigns us.”

Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it has never allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities nor has it joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

According to a survey conducted in 2011 by the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation, more than 50 percent of the European people believe Israel is the most serious threat to global security.

( / 08.04.2012)

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