By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010
A French literary conference has been cancelled after pro-Palestinian activists refused to share a platform with an Israeli author who is a Holocaust survivor.
Novelist Esther Orner, 73, was set to appear at the March 2011 event hosted by the University of Provence.
But an anonymous group of Egyptian and Palestinian writers refused to take part in dialogue with an Israeli, prompting Ms Orner to speak out in the French media.
The controversy led university president Jean-Paul Caverni to cancel the entire conference.