Hezbollah, Israel, Antisemitism

Shocking: 'Game of Thrones' author celebrated Hezbollah's attacks on Israel 

The literary world stands divided over Writers against the War (WAWOG) and its stance on Gaza.

George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones (Photo: Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins)

A coalition of prominent authors has ignited fierce debate in literary circles and beyond with a social media post seemingly celebrating Hezbollah's recent rocket attacks against Israel. The group, Writers Against the War on Gaza (WAWOG), which includes well-known authors such as George R.R. Martin and Roxane Gay, has come under intense scrutiny for its controversial stance.

The Incendiary Post

On July 4th, WAWOG shared an Al-Jazeera news article on X (formerly Twitter) reporting on Hezbollah's launch of 200 missiles and suicide drones into Israeli airspace. The post included an image of Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepting the missiles, captioned with "Happy 4th of July." This juxtaposition of America's Independence Day celebration with an attack on Israel has been widely interpreted as an endorsement of Hezbollah's actions.

WAWOG's Controversial History

This is not the first time WAWOG has courted controversy. The group has consistently taken a hard-line stance against Israel, accusing the country of attempting to commit "genocide" in Gaza and maintaining an "apartheid state" in the West Bank. Their official website cites inspiration from individuals they term "heroes of the resistance," including Souha Bechara, Basil al-Araj, and Georges Abdallah – figures widely recognized as having engaged in violent acts against Israeli civilians.

Rejecting Mainstream Narratives

WAWOG has taken several contentious positions regarding the ongoing conflict:

1. They reject the characterization of Hamas' October 7th attack, which resulted in over 1,200 Israeli deaths, as unprovoked. Instead, they frame it as an act of Arab self-defense.

2. The group dismisses claims that criticism of Israel is motivated by antisemitism.

3. WAWOG advocates for the "complete dismantling of Israel" as the only path to justice for Arabs in the region.

Impact on the Literary World

Since October 7th, WAWOG has intensified its efforts to rally the literary community against Israel. Their actions have included:

- Demanding writers declare allegiance to "Palestine"

- Criticizing authors who support Zionism

- Organizing protests against literary events perceived as pro-Israel

A notable success for the group came in April when they led protests against the PEN America World Voices Festival. WAWOG's pressure campaign, which criticized the organizers' refusal to denounce Israel's actions in Gaza, resulted in numerous high-profile writers withdrawing from the conference. Ultimately, PEN America canceled its prestigious annual event.

As the debate continues, the literary world finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with questions of free speech, political activism, and the responsibilities of influential cultural figures in times of conflict.

* Jewish Breaking News contributed to this article.

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