German city reviewing prize for Kamila Shamsie over support for BDS

12:05 PM | 18 Sep, 2019
German city reviewing prize for Kamila Shamsie over support for BDS
The jury for the German literary award has withdrawn its decision to honour British-Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie due to her support for a pro-Palestine movement, according to VOA Urdu.

Pakistan-born Shamsie was announced as the winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize, named after a Jewish poet and Nobel laureate on 10 September.

A spokesperson for Dortmund city council confirmed to Middle East Eye that the jurors’ decision was being reviewed after a German blogger highlighted Shamsie’s support for BDS, which seeks to put economic pressure on the Israeli government over human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Shamsie, on the other hand, refused to publish her works in Israel and reiterated her support for a movement seeking Israeli boycott over its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Shamsie told MEE that she is not boycotting a language nor she is refusing to have her novels translated into Hebrew.

“I’ve refused to have my books published by any publishing houses in Israel who aren’t BDS compliant – and unfortunately that appears to be all publishing houses in Israel,” she said.

The author of Home Fire (2017) that won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, was slated for the prize for her fiction that “builds bridges between societies”.

The previous winners of this prize include Margaret Atwood, Rafik Schami, Christa Wolf and Milan Kundera.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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