Posted: 2/5/2011 8:46:00 AM
Source: This article originally appeared in the Jerusalem Post online on Feb. 4, 2011.
British Author Defies Boycott Call
English author Ian McEwan has been named winner of the Jerusalem Prize, to be presented by Mayor Nir Barkat during the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair. The judges cited McEwan for "giving expression to the struggle of his characters for their right to personally express their ideals and their right to live by them amid the reality of political and social revolution."
Professor Rachel Giora and Dr. Anat Matar of Tel Aviv University, activists who promote a boycott of Israel, asked the British authors association to call on McEwan to boycott the ceremony. Dana Barnett of Israel Academic Monitor told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that McEwan has not accepted the request, saying he is defending his right to receive the prize and noting that literature can serve as a bridge between peoples.