Jewish author Auster hits back at Turkish PM Erdogan

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 2, 2012 13:49
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Acclaimed novelist Paul Auster hit back at Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday, saying that there are nearly one hundred writers falsely imprisoned in Turkey. Earlier in the week, Auster refused to visit Turkey in protest of the jailing of the journalists, drawing the ire of Erdogan, who accused the author of a double standard for supporting Israel.

In a statement, Auster wrote that "whatever the Prime Minister (of Turkey Erdogan) might think about the state of Israel, the fact is that free speech exists there and no writers or journalists are in jail...  There are nearly one hundred writers imprisoned in Turkey, not to speak of independent publishers such as Ragip Zarakolu, whose case is being closely watched by PEN Centers around the world." Auster is a Jewish American author of dozens of highly acclaimed novels.

Earlier in the week, Turkish PM Erdogan decried Auster's boycott of Turkey, asking, "If you come so what? If you don't come, so what? Will Turkey lose prestige?" Erdogan's comments drew applause from provincial leaders of his ruling AK Party at a meeting in the capital Ankara.

"Supposedly Israel is a democratic, secular country, a country where freedom of expression and individual rights and freedoms are limitless. What an ignorant man you are," Erdogan said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 19, 2018
Kremlin says Putin told Pence Russia did not meddle in U.S. election-Ifax

By REUTERS