Apr 13 2019

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker to shine light on jailed Kurdish lawmaker Demirtaş - J.Post

Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker has acquired the rights to a book by imprisoned Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş in a move that may serve as part of an effort to highlight Turkey’s "Kurdophobia,’’ wrote Kani Xulam for the Jerusalem Post.

Award-winning television and film actress Parker is set to publish "Dawn,’’ a work of 12 fictional short stories penned by former pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Demirtaş who has been in prison since July 2016, on April 23, the Jerusalem Post said.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has demanded the release of Demirtaş, who is accused of spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

"An American icon highlighting a campaign exposing Turkey’s cultural genocide against the Kurds! It could cost Ankara billions of dollars. That means less money for its racist government that has decimated Kurdistan and imprisoned its brightest daughters and sons,’’ the article said.

Noting that Demirtaş is a gifted politician who has been called a potential Kurdish Nelson Mandela in the pages of Foreign Policy, the article highlighted that awareness may created an international campaign will free the lawmaker.

The HDP, is "a unique political organization with more women in its ranks than any other organization in the Middle East," the Jerusalem Post article said, which may have piqued Parker’s interest.

The work features stories such as “The Man Inside,” which looks at the outdated traditional Kurdish or Turkish man and “Dawn,” after which the book is named. The latter work tells the story of a young protagonist and of six “men” conspiring to put an end to her life as part of effort to protect their “honour.”

The most extraordinary thing about the tale and the entire book, the Jerusalem Post article said, is the compassion of its author who refuses to “be poisoned by the racism of President Erdoğan that is now the law of the land.’’

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Hollywood-superstar-shines-a-spotlight-on-jailed-Kurdish-politician-586772