McEwan and Israel's Accolades: Privilege and Ethical Responsibility?
Accepting the Jerusalem Prize, funded by a state practicing military occupation, colonization and apartheid, and hand delivered by some of this state's worst representatives, in total disregard to Palestinian non-violent struggle for justice, cannot but call into question McEwan's actual concern for freedom, human dignity and justice.
The Israeli book fair in Jerusalem is an important date on the Israel-promotion calendar, an occasion when Israel's misleading image as a patron of book publishing and the arts in general is highlighted. The Jerusalem Prize is central in this deceptive campaign of diverting attention away from Israel's persistent crimes and violations of international law.
At a time when the Palestinian civil society-initiated, global BDS movement is growing, the appeal to McEwan is not to cross the Palestinian, international, and increasingly Israeli boycott "picket line."