Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Power of Culture vs. The Culture of Power

From May 29, 2009

For the second time, the Israeli Army has tried to shut down the Palestine Festival of Literature, a "traveling cultural roadshow" touring the West Bank with internationally known Palestinian and European writers. After armed forces closed down opening night in East Jerusalem's Palestinian National Theater, the French came in to host the events; last night, the British did.

"Talking about what literature is and what it means in a fraught political situation is the most honest thing we can do," said British writer Jeremy Harding. "They didn't like that."
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