Gulf Writers Boycott Literature Event In UAE Over Normalization Of Ties With Israel

The Gulf Coalition Against Normalization of UAE and Israel ties, announced Tuesday that a number of Arab writers and intellectuals will not participate in a literature festival to be held in Abu Dahab in February due to the country’s normalization of diplomatic ties with Israel.

According to the Coalition, the Omani writer Bushra Khalfan, and Kuwaiti writers Mona Al-Shamri, Ahmed Al-Zamam and Ali Ashour, decided to boycott the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature.

“Other writers from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman were also called to boycott the event,” the Coalition said in the statement.

With efforts from the United States, Israel has improved diplomatic ties not only with the UAE, but also with Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.

Israel and the UAE struck a normalization deal in August 2020, a move that sparked anger among several Arab countries.

The two countries (Israel and UAE) have since signed several agreements in military, economic and culture areas.

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