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Tel Aviv University
Poet Aharon Shabtai opposes allowing a Poetry Contest to be held in Zionist Jerusalem
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Subject: fifth international poetry conference in Jerusalem
Date: Thursday 05 January 2006 17:08

To Yitzhak Eizenberg Shalom
Fifth international poetry festival in Jerusalem

Thank you for your invitation to participate in the international poetry festival in Jeruslaem in 2006 and the details. I would like to take my name out of the list of participants. I read these days on the barabarism in the Qalandia checkpoint. I oppose an international poetry festival in a city in which the Arab inhabitants are oppressed systematically and cruelly, imprisoned between walls, deprived of their rights and living spaces, humiliated in chekcpoints and the international laws are violated. I think that even poets were not allowed in the past, and not in the present, to ingore persecutions and discriminations on a racial or national basis.

Aharon Shabtai
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