PBS NewsHour pays tribute to one of Israel’s most internationally acclaimed thinkers and writers in this clip (3:26). Born in Jerusalem to European, right-wing Zionist parents, Amos Oz forged his own way, changing his last name from Klausner to Oz at the age of 14, moving to the left-wing Kibbutz Hulda at the age of 15, and ultimately becoming one of the major advocates of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Oz was the recipient of such prestigious awards as the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, the Heinrich Heine Prize, and the Franz Kafka Prize, among countless others. After his passing in December 2018, the New York Times published an obituary that described him as one of “Israel’s most prolific writers and respected intellectuals.” His books have been translated into 42 languages in 43 countries.
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