French university cancels parley after anti-Israel protests

PARIS — A conference of Mediterranean writers organized by a French university has been canceled after participants protested the presence of an Israeli author.
The author, Esther Orner, said Sunday she wasn't expecting the decision by the University of Provence Aix-Marseille. She says those seeking to boycott her are "trying to delegitimize Israel."
The university had planned an international conference for March 2011 called "Writing Today in the Mediterranean Region: Exchanges and Tensions."
University president Jean-Paul Caverni says that the conference was canceled after some unnamed participants refused to take part in dialogue with an Israeli author.
He says the university would not hold a conference "with those who exclude dialogue."