Uproar broke out after Turin’s International Book Fair announced plans to honor the state of Israel on its sixtieth anniversary. Several European and Arab intellectuals threatened to boycott the event while others, including Dissent co-editor Mitchell Cohen, argued that the call to boycott represented a larger “campaign across borders to de-legitimize one state and apply standards to this one state that are applied to nobody else.”
With the book fair a month away, Cohen and fellow political theorist Andrew Arato debate the issues surrounding the Turin Controversy.
The interview and exchange originally appeared on Reset: Dialogues on Civilization. ©ResetDOC.