German minister says reaction to Grass poem 'exaggerated'

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April 9, 2012 18:28

 
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Israel's reaction to an anti-Israel poem authored by Gunter Grass was "exaggerated," DPA quoted Germany's health minister as saying Monday in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt.

Israel declared German author and Nobel literature laureate Grass persona non grata after he published a poem saying Israel was threatening regional stability.

German Health Minister Daniel Bahr said "I cannot imagine that Mr. Grass has any interest in showing up in Israel after the explicit criticism he has faced in Germany."

Bahr also attacked Grass for the poem, saying it was "sad to see that someone who has experienced all the controversies of post-war Germany remains marked by so much prejudice and stubbornness," DPA quoted him as saying.

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