Thursday 18 January 2018

Nawi a hero to the Palestinian people

With reference to "Israelis deny plot as Norris supporters continue to defect" (Irish Independent, August 1), far from being a "bizarre twist", your mention of Michael D Higgins meeting David Norris's former partner, Ezra Yizhak Nawi, in 2005 in Hebron actually gives credence to Mr Norris's faith in his friend back in 1997.

In 2009 I met Nawi in the West Bank. He is literally a heroic figure, a co-ordinator of those Israeli activists who are defending rights of Palestinian farmers against Israeli army and settler aggression. Mr Norris needs to stop buying into the middle-class prejudices.

Yes, by all means explain and condemn the incident, but remind us of the person Nawi has become, how he has lived up to the faith you had in him, and the support you gave him in the letter you wrote.

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