Harriet Sherwood “Ian McEwan attacks 'great injustice' in Israel” http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/20/ian-mcewan-great-injustice-israel
Addressing his remarks at the opening ceremony of Jerusalem's international book fair to "Israeli and Palestinian citizens of this beautiful city", the novelist said: "Hamas has embraced the nihilism of the suicide bomber, of rockets fired blindly into towns, and the nihilism of the extinctionist policy towards Israel."
But it was also nihilism that fired a rocket at the home of the Gazan doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish, killing three of his daughters and a niece during the Gazan war. "And it is nihilism to make a long-term prison camp of the Gaza Strip. Nihilism has unleashed a tsunami of concrete across the occupied territories."
The author referred to "continued evictions and relentless purchases of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, the process of the right of return granted to Jews but not to Arabs, the so-called facts on the ground of hardening concrete over the future, over future generations of Palestinian and Israeli children who will inherit the conflict and find it even more difficult to resolve than it is today."
He called for an end to settlements and encroachments on Palestinian land.
*1:See http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090217/1234840899 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090219/1235062130 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090308/1236521261 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091219/1261187499
*2:See Stephen Bates “Ian McEwan says he will accept Jerusalem prize” http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/19/ian-mcewan-accept-jerusalem-prize Stephen Bates “Ian McEwan defends decision to accept Jerusalem prize” http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/25/ian-mcewan-defends-jerusalem-prize