Yehoshua’s appeal

Yehoshua, 82, dubbed “the Israeli Faulkner” by The New York Times, is a prolific author of novels, short stories, plays and essays.

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May 28, 2019 16:28
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Yehoshua’s appeal

A.B. Yehoshua. (photo credit: RICHARD HALON)

 
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In introducing Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua at the 40th anniversary celebration of Israel’s English Speaking Residents Association (ESRA) at Kibbutz Shefayim, PR chair Brenda Katten cited his controversial comment to the American Jewish Committee in 2006: “Being Israeli is my skin, not my jacket.”

The remark, which sparked a sharp debate in the Diaspora, suggested that Jews in the US and elsewhere had dual loyalties – to their homelands and Israel – while Israelis have “one skin and one territory.”

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