Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero
Israel’s invitation to be “guest of honor” at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this month has provoked controversy in Mexico.
A group of writers and intellectuals have objected to the one-sided inclusion of Israel and demanded recognition for Palestine.
Calling Israel a “Jewish fundamentalist state in the garb of a Western democracy,” they are urging festival organizers to create a more pluralistic program.
Now in its 27th year, the annual Guadalajara International Book Fair is among the most important cultural events in Latin America, notes the Arabic literature and culture website Qadita.
“There is a fundamental point that cannot be ignored: the State of Israel has an ethnic and sectarian character. It is not a state of its citizens, but a state exclusively for part of its citizens, the Jews,” the intellectuals say.
The signatories include Argentine poet and Cervantes Prize winner Juan Gelman, the Mexican poet, diplomat and academic Hugo Gutierrez Vega and Mexican poet Aline Pettersson.
Pilar Calveiro, the Argentine academic and expert on her country’s history of political violence, is also among the endorsers.
El encuentro literario y editorial más importante del mundo de habla hispana y uno de los festivales culturales más importantes del continente americano: La Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara te espera del 30 de noviembre al 8 de diciembre de 2013. En su edición 27, la FIL Guadalajara recibirá a Israel como país invitado de honor
Zapatistas en la Basílica de Guadalupe, Ciudad de México, 1914. Archivo Casasola
Mexico will probe the alleged creation of a rebel group in the troubled southern state of Guerrero that is calling on people to take up arms against the government, the office of Mexico’s attorney general said Monday.
Hooded men carrying rifles and handguns went before reporters Sunday in an undisclosed location in Guerrero and announced the formation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces–People’s Liberation, Mexican media reported.
A statement issued by the group called President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government repressive, criticizing education reforms as well as a planned energy reform bill that the group said would surrender Mexico’s oil wealth to foreigners.
"There is no day like today to declare war," said the supposed group’s leader, reading from a statement. The group also accused the government of killing environmental activists, student and rural leaders and other community activists and demanded the release of detained leaders of groups defending their communities against drug-related violence in Guerrero.