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Author Toni Morrison, Who has Accused Israel of Genocide, to Receive Presidential Medal

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Novelist Toni Morrison, recently announced by Barack Obama as one of 13 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, once signed a letter accusing Israel of being an apartheid state that commits genocide against the Palestinians.

According to the open letter published by Morrison and 17 other writers in 2006, Israel’s aim “is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.” The letter lamented public “outrage” over Hamas’s kidnapping of Gilad Shalit while there were “approximately 10,000 [Palestinians] in Israeli jails.”

“That this ‘kidnapping’ was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources—most particularly that of water—by the Israeli Defense (!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land allotted to them by international agreements, during the last 70 years,” the letter signed by Morrison stated.

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  • Lillian Back

    so painful, to hear a wonderful person, a wonderful writer, an humanist not see that israel is fighting for its life each time the palestinians attack actually target a jewish school with innocent children or a bus with innocent people or a security guard the media and people thinking like morrison expose the palestinians who were killed in attempting to save jewish lives from the attack what other nation sends warnings to an area to hope innocent people will not get hurt when they go after terrorist yet let’s face it forever and ever the anti israel stuff is anti jewish why so anti jewish? i never will understand
    israel will make mistakes but every day suicide bombers missiles how much can they take will everyone will morrison be happy when the palestinans destroy israel destroy the jews why?

  • Steven

    Obama also nominated Simon Peres, Bob Dylan, John Paul Stevens, and Madaline Albright. Why did you leave that out?

    Perhaps you should tell the whole-truth, instead of attacking a Nobel Prize winning novelist whose themes of liberty, freedom, human rights and democracy unite the United States and Israel against those whose civilizations would do violence to such ideals.

  • Mike Peal

    Toni Morrison and folks of her “Ilk” apparently are unaware of the situation in Israel. They speak with partial knowledge and seem to jump on any”Band Wagon” because they think (and I use the word loosely)that they are standing for the “OPPRESSED” and in reality they are kneeling before terrorist who have hood- winked them.
    Take a look Mss. Morrison…at all the innocents that have been killed and maimed by the rockets, the bombers, the gunmen who have calculated to wipe Israel and all the Jewish people off the face of this earth.

    Reminiscent of another earlier time… when others stood by and watched…PLEASE, NOT AGAIN.

    • Exactly Mike Pearl not again this genocidal trait you espouse, while lamenting all the same earlier time where your own were recipients of such barbarity you are oblivious to now. Your kind are a disgrace to humanity.