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Thursday, September 19, 2019

British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has been stripped off of her German Literary award due to her support for Palestine. Shamsie was announced as this year's winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize (named after a Jewish poet and Nobel Laureate) in September but her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has made the organisers rethink their decision of awarding the author.



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Disgusting people. So much for "free speech".

No Pakistani EVER killed a Jewish person. How many did the Germans kill? (no need to answer that!)

It's funny their own garbage has made them such a slave to Israel that they can't stomach someone who supports Palestine.


I read her "City by the Sea" (a nice story set in Karachi) long ago. I don't usually read novels buy I liked it. She has a nice way with the English language.

As far as I know she only writes in English. All her work is on Amazon.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-19 09:41 AM | Reply

In a statement on Wednesday, the organisers shared that the eight-member jury has reversed its decision and the 2019 award will not be handed to any author.

"Despite prior research, the members of the jury were not aware that the author has been participating in the boycott measures against the Israeli government for its Palestinian policies since 2014," the statement read.

"Shamsie's political positioning to actively participate in the cultural boycott as part of the BDS (Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions) campaign against the Israeli government is clearly in contradiction to the statutory objectives of the award and the spirit of the Nelly Sachs Prize."

Shamsie condemned the decision in her response saying, "It is a matter of outrage that the BDS movement that campaigns against the government of Israel for its acts of discrimination and brutality against Palestinians should be held up as something shameful and unjust."
"It is a matter of great sadness to me that a jury should bow to pressure and withdraw a prize from a writer who is exercising her freedom of conscience and freedom of expression," she Tweeted.

Many lauded the author for voicing her support for Palestine.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-19 09:44 AM | Reply

Censorship? In any case, I applaud you, it doesn't worth it receiving such a prize.

The Germans feel bad for what they did to the Jews and now overcompensating by silencing those who go against apartheid in occupied Palestine. Classic.

That the city of @stadtdortmund supports the witch-hunt of Zionist racists, is the sad proof that Germany has learned NOTHING from its own dark #fascist history.

With people like Trump and Netenyahu around, freedom of speech is a thing of the past. To voice concern or empathise with Palestinians, in the eyes of these monsters, is to align yourself with terrorism.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-19 09:46 AM | Reply

Free speech has consequences!

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-19 10:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Is the German Literary Award something awarded by the state, or is it a private organization that awards it -- like the Pulitzer?

Though it violates the American version of free speech, I can understand the Germans doing this if it is state sponsored. It would be much like the US not allowing a creche on public property.

But then, if the GLA is a private organization, they can do whatever they want.

Either way it would appear the GLA givers are within their rights, although it is a dangerous precedent for unfettered freedom of speech.

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-19 11:12 AM | Reply

State sponsored.


The Nelly Sachs Prize (German:Nelly Sachs Preis) is a literary prize given every two years by the German city of Dortmund.

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-19 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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