Posted by: Lister | July 18, 2008

Boycott of Jewish Poets

Scribblers is a card shop in London. They’ve stopped selling a card with Jewish poetry after a complaint by an official from the Israeli embassy.


The poem reads:

A family arrived and said they had papers
to prove that his house was theirs,
-No, no said the man, my people have always lived here
My father, grandfather -and look in the garden,
my great grandfather planted that.
-No, no said the family, look at the documents.
There was a stack of them
-Where do I start? said the man,
-No need to read the beginning they said,
Turn to the page marked ‘Promised Land’.
-Are they legal? he said, who wrote them?
-God, they said, God wrote them, look,
here come His tanks.

Michael Rosen.

Mark Elf used the title of my post in his JSF blog, where he also links to Hugh Muir at the Guardian:

The card has been withdrawn from sale there, which satisfies the embassy official and takes the pressure off Scribblers, but now Rosen is annoyed at the manner of the official’s intervention. So is John Hall, who produced the product and is threatening to reprint it bearing the slogan: “The card they tried to ban”.


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