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Author McEwan protests in Jerusalem

Demonstration against Jewish presence in Sheikh Jarrah gets unexpected boost

Renowned British Author Ian McEwan arrived in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Friday to take part in a protest against Jewish settlement in the area.

 

The rally was attended by hundreds of protestors, including Israeli author David Grossman.

 

McEwan and Grossman, who in the past already joined such protests, spoke as they marched with the demonstrators to a square at the center of the neighborhood. The British author told Ynet that attending the protest was a "great honor."

 

Sheikh Jarrah protest (Archive photo: Ian McEwan)

 

The writer, who is in Israel to receive the Jerusalem Prize, said that he hopes there would be no need for him to attend such protests in the future, but added that unfortunately this was not likely.

 

The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement lauded McEwan's support for its cause.

 

"Ian McEwan today joined a long list of figures – including former President Jimmy Carter, writer Mario Vargas Llosa, and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahanman – who honored the protestors with their presence," group member Avner Inbar said.

 

However, Inbar stressed that "the real heroes of the struggle against east Jerusalem settlement are the hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians who attend the protests every week and fight shoulder to shoulder against the robbery in east Jerusalem."

 

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