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Nelly Sachs jury to review award for Kamila Shamsie

  • Published at 05:23 pm September 17th, 2019
Kamila Shamsie
Kamila Shamsie | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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The jury for the Nelly Sachs literature prize is planning to cancel its decision to honor British novelist Kamila Shamsie due to her support for the anti-Israel boycott movement.

The prize committee is expected to make an announcement soon to that end, Spiegel magazine reports on Thursday.   

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Shamsie refused to publish her works in Israel and reiterated her support for the anti-Israel boycott movement.      

Last spring in a resolution the German Bundestag or the German Federal Parliament declared any support for the anti-Israel BDS movement to be anti-Semitic.  

Pakistan-born Shamsie, author of Home Fire (2017) that won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, was slated for the prize for her fiction that “builds bridges between societies”.   

According to Spiegel magazine, Shamsie herself urged the award steering committee to nominate someone else for the prize.

Named after the Jewish Nobel Prize-winning German-born poet and playwright Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), the 15,000-euro prize honors authors who champion “tolerance, respect and reconciliation” every two years.   

The previous winners of this prize include Margaret Atwood, Rafik Schami, Christa Wolf and Milan Kundera.