Israeli Detractor Banned From Atlanta Book Festival

Posted: Nov. 19th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

In a move popular among event organizers but controversial in character, Jewish author Peter Beinart has been banned from Atlanta's upcoming Jewish book festival for speaking out against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The divide is characterized as a microcosm for the ongoing split amongst Jewish Americans for their support – or opposition – to Israel.

An author whose outspoken criticism of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank got him banned from a Jewish book festival in Atlanta spoke Wednesday night at a sold-out event at an alternate location.

"This experience has taught me I should be boycotted more often," Peter Beinart quipped to a packed room, thanking those in attendance for the hospitality he had been shown since arriving in the southern city.

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