The Austrian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Alfreda Jelinek (Photo: Creative Commons, G. Huengsberg)
First publication: Ten well-known and respected Jewish writers in Austria, led by the 2004 Nobel Laureate for Literature Alfreda Yelink, published a sharp letter against the regime coup in Israel in which they expressed concern about what is happening in the country against the background of historical processes.
Other writers who sign the letter are Robert Schindel, Eva Mensah, Doron Rabinovitch, Yulia Rabinovitch, Robert Mensah, Peter Stefan Yunek, Ruth Beckerman, Ladimir Vitalib and Isolde Harim.
The title of the letter, which came to me Voila!
Culture, is "to be a free people", and at the beginning it is written "We, Jewish writers from Austria, feel so close to the State of Israel, and we are touched by what affects society today".
The writers clarified that the Israelis are "in part our relatives, our close acquaintances, and in any case people who look like us, who are marching in the streets today for democracy and the rule of law. We stand by those who protest against the weakening of the Supreme Court."
"The attempt to undermine the independence of the judicial system is something that the Austrian extreme right has been pushing for years. We know very well from our Austrian Jewish past how quickly a majority can be mobilized against all opposition, against critical media, against the freedom of art and science, against the protection of minorities and against human rights. Adolf Hitler came from this country, Austria. But Theodor Herzl also lived here. What Herzl spoke about is not foreign to us. Today, we read his texts as he meant them. We know that his dream was a secular and democratic state, open to all those threatened by anti-Semitism , so that they can live with dignity and freedom. The religious right government's plan to abolish the jurisdiction betrays Herzl's vision, divides Israel, and threatens not only its democracy but ultimately its very existence."
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