I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.
It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I was born. But when you returned, you found nothing. What does that mean? It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I will die. But you could die anywhere, or on the border between two places. What does that mean? After a while the question will become harder. Why did you leave? Why did you leave? For twenty years you have been asking, why did they leave? Leaving is not a negation of the homeland, but it does turn the problem into a question. Do not write a history now. When you do that, you leave the past behind, and what is required is to call the past to account. Do not write a history except that of your wounds. Do not write a history except that of your exile. You are here - here, where you were born. And where longing will lead you to death. So, what is homeland?
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Latin American writers say Israel must abandon “colonial” Zionist ideology
Israel’s invitation to be “guest of honor” at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this month has provoked controversy in Mexico.
A group of writers and intellectuals have objected to the one-sided inclusion of Israel and demanded recognition for Palestine.
Calling Israel a “Jewish fundamentalist state in the garb of a Western democracy,” they are urging festival organizers to create a more pluralistic program.
Now in its 27th year, the annual Guadalajara International Book Fair is among the most important cultural events in Latin America, notes the Arabic literature and culture website Qadita.
“There is a fundamental point that cannot be ignored: the State of Israel has an ethnic and sectarian character. It is not a state of its citizens, but a state exclusively for part of its citizens, the Jews,” the intellectuals say.
The signatories include Argentine poet and Cervantes Prize winner Juan Gelman, the Mexican poet, diplomat and academic Hugo Gutierrez Vega and Mexican poet Aline Pettersson.
Pilar Calveiro, the Argentine academic and expert on her country’s history of political violence, is also among the endorsers.