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    • Shlomo from Tel-Aviv
    • 07.05.06 | 20:42 (IDT)

    A.B. Yehoshua is a mediocre writer and it comes out not very smart person, too. It's a pity, that Hebrew literature is in such situation today. All really great prosaists belong to the past generations, such as B. Tammuz, A.Meged and, of course, Sh.Y.Agnon. Fools like A.B. Yehoshua, with their "Israeli not Jewish" snobism would say that Shlomo ibn Gebirol or Yehuda ha-Levi are not as important for them, as, let's say, Mahmoud Darwish (I don't want to diminish Mahmoud Darwish, who is a very good poet). This is funny, how he on one side declares "he has no brothers" and at the same time blames American Jews for failing to save their brothers in Europe. And what about Ethiopian, Russian, Argentinian, French and other Jews, are they mr. Yehoshua's brothers or not? And if something terrible happens tomorrow, say, in Belarus, would mr.Yehoshua also claim, that he is no brother to these Jews in distress? Or will he blame American Jews for failing to help them?

    from the article: Alienated Jews
    First published 00:00 07.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.05.06
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