Writer Antonio Molina awarded Jerusalem Prize

AP News
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 9:57 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The acclaimed Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina says he will accept a prestigious Israeli award given to authors despite calls from pro-Palestinian activists to boycott the Jewish state.

Molina, 57, said Sunday that he did not believe that accepting the award made him an "accomplice" in Israel's policies toward Palestinians.

Pro-Palestinian activists often pressure international artists to avoid travelling to Israel or accepting prizes there. They say Israel should be censured for its military rule over Palestinians.

Molina said he feels an affinity for Israel, and that it is misunderstood like his homeland Spain. He also said he appreciated how Israeli artists were loudly critical of their country.

The Jerusalem Prize is an award given every two years to authors who write about human freedom in society.