Natan Zach: 'I would participate in the next flotilla'

MK Regev asks to remove Zach's poems from schoolbooks after he declares he'd bring "poets from around the world" to break Gaza blockade.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 5, 2010 13:24
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Lebanon Flotilla 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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Israeli poet Natan Zach said he is willing to join a flotilla to Gaza in an interview with Army Radio on Tuesday.

"I would be ready to participate in the next flotilla," Zach said. "I don't know who would come. I would bring interesting books and poets from around the world with me."

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Zach won a prize in Italy for his most recent book, and made the remarks during an interview about his books.

MK Miri Regev (Likud) slammed Zach, and asked Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar to remove Zach's poems from Israeli textbooks if he does join a blockade-breaking flotilla.

"Israeli children do not need to learn the poems of a poet whose behavior teaches anti-Zionist values that are make us less secure."

Earlier this year, Zach came under fire for his remarks about Sephardi Jews.

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"I don't represent today's Israel," the poet said. "If a culture had developed here that I had something to do with, I would find my place here."

"The idea [of Israel] is to take people that have nothing in common, those that come from the highest culture - the Western European culture - and those that come from caves."

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