As a member of the UN Society of Writers, I have written to Mr. Hans Janitschek, President of the Society, protesting the accolades recently awarded to Vanessa Redgrave by the group.
Among her other expressions of anti-Semitic views, Ms. Redgrave has publicly supported the terrorist cause directed against the Member State of Israel and the goal of its destruction.
In my letters, to Mr. Janitschek, whom I regard as a sort of confrère and certainly a gifted administrator and diplomat, I made the point that if Ms. Redgrave were by blood a party to the Arab-Israeli conflict, as a former Political Affairs Officer with the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, I might suffer less. But she is not, and I am severely wounded by the arbitrary selection of this woman for distinction. The fact that the Editor of the NATION was a part of the ceremony does not relieve my pain. It suggests to me the depth of the Society's search for an appropriate cover for its insensitive action.
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