Frankfurt honors anti-Israel scholar

Protests are mounting against plans by the city of Frankfurt, Germany, to honor Jewish American scholar Judith Butler, a staunch critic of Israel.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany and the political activist group Scholars for Peace in the Middle East are among groups that have slammed the city for choosing to honor Butler with its Theodor W. Adorno Prize this month. The $63,000 prize is awarded every three years for “outstanding performances in the fields of philosophy, music, theater and film.”

Butler is a supporter of the United States Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel and also participated in the Canadian Israeli Apartheid Week in 2011.

Felix Semmelroth, Frankfurt Deputy Mayor in Charge of Cultural Affairs, said that protests will not affect the decision to honor her. — jta