German Nobel Laureate, Guenter Grass, who was declared persona non grata by Israeli government last week for his poem in which he criticized the Zionist regime for its warmongering against Iran – has compared the Zionist regime to the military-ruled Burma (Myanmar).
Writing in the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Grass said the decision puts Israel in the company of Communist-ruled East Germany and junta-ruled Myanmar – the only two regimes that ever have barred him entry.
Grass in his poem, entitled, “What must be said“, had called nuclear Israel the greatest threat to world peace.
In the poem, Guenter says he is worried that the Zionist regime “could wipe out the Iranian people with a first strike“- and that Iran’s accusers have no proof that Tehran is pursuing a nuclear bomb.
“Why do I only say now, aged and with my last ink: the atomic power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace?” reads the poem, which was published in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Grass said that while Burma seemed to offer a glimmer of hope for change, Israel was an “unchecked nuclear power” that regarded itself as immune to criticism.
The poem led to accusations of anti-Semitism and prompted Israeli interior minister Yishai to declare him persona non grata. Grass compared Yishai to Erich Mielke, head of East Germany’s dreaded secret police, Stasi.