Gunter GrassInterior Minister Eli Yishai has banned German poet Gunter Grass from entering Israel.
Yishai declared Grass “persona non grata” in the Jewish State on Sunday, saying his poems were an attempt to “fan the flames of hatred against the state, and against Israel.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also had harsh words for the 84-year-old poet, saying “In order to get publicity and sell a few books, he once more is willing to sacrifice Jews.”
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle added his views to the issue in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper Sunday morning as well, noting that the poet’s work bespoke a denial of Iran’s intentions that was not a simple matter of bigotry, but also dangerous to the world at large. Read more