Two bits of news today – one, an Israeli MP Yaakov Katz is concerned about the africanisation of Tel Aviv and predicts Tel Aviv residents will move to the occupied territories to escape the African invasion – I love how political discourse in Israel doesn’t even try to pretend it isn’t racist.
The second one is about Israeli actors signing a public letter calling on other artists not to perform at a new theatre built in a settlement. In response, the government vows to stop their funding.
I’m lucky, I suppose, that being a commercial writer I take no money from any governmental bodies. Consequently, I can tell the Israeli government to fuck off!
Isn’t that nice?
Of course, you can support me by buying The Bookman, or An Occupation of Angels… or, instead, buy one of the poetry collections by the wonderful Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. They wouldn’t teach them at schools here.