Writers in Anguish

I was touched by this letter dated July 19, 2006, its stark language and passion searching for “what was once called justice”. This lament was written by Chomsky and other eminent world writers including Nobel Laureates Pinter, Saramago available on this site [HERE]

“The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza. An incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier prisoner – and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the Israelis – there are approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails.

That this “kidnapping” was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources – most particularly that of water – by the Israeli Defence (!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land alloted to them by international agreements, during the last seventy years.

a kid on the street crying...Today outrage follows outrage; makeshift missiles cross sophisticated ones. The latter usually find their target situated where the disinherited and crowded poor live, waiting for what was once called Justice. Both categories of missile rip bodies apart horribly – who but field commanders can forget this for a moment?

Each provocation and counter-provocation is contested and preached over. But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows, all serve as a distraction in order to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.

This has to be said loud and clear for the practice, only half declared and often covert, is advancing fast these days, and, in our opinion, it must be unceasingly and eternally recognised for what it is and resisted.”

Tariq Ali
Russell Banks
John Berger
Noam Chomsky
Richard Falk
Eduardo Galeano
Charles Glass
Naomi Klein
W.J.T. Mitchell
Harold Pinter
Arundhati Roy
Jose Saramago
Giiuliana Sgrena
Gore Vidal
Howard Zinn

A challenge to our civilisation’s conscience…..?

Falling on deaf ears? 

Published in: on July 31, 2006 at 3:57 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Falling on deaf ears. Perhaps. Unless it happens to us, we don’t really care – seems to be that this might be the case.

  2. Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely right! However, I wanted to post this letter as it is a joint declaration by a group of eminent world writers and they have been forthright in saying what they believe in.
    History will surely give a different verdict than what storyline the deaf ears have been feeding us.


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