Color Purple Author Refuses to Publish in ‘Apartheid’ Israel

Award-winning author Alice Walker has refused to allow a Hebrew translation of her acclaimed novel The Color Purple alleging that, “Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people.”

Publisher Yediot Books had requested a new edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which grapples with the legacy of racism in the American Deep South. However, the acclaimed novelist said she would not permit it “at this time,” The Daily Mail reported.

In a letter written on June 9 and posted by the ‘Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel,’ Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”

Walker, 68, asserted that she would remain involved with the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “until [Israel] complies with international law and Palestinian rights,” adding that she hopes her form of non-violent protest “will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.”


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