| ||Israel has declared Nobel Prize-winning German author Gunter Grass 'persona non grata' over a poem that deeply criticises the Jewish state and suggests it is as much a danger as Iran. On Sunday, Israel's interior minister, Eli Yishai, announced that Grass would be barred from Israel for his attempt 'to fan the flames of hate against the state of Israel and the Israeli people.' The poem sparked outrage in Israel, with officials from Benjamin Netanyahu's government on down criticising Grass.
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