Alice Walker Boycotts Hebrew ‘Color Purple’ Translation

Alice Walker

American writer Alice Walker has turned down an Israeli publisher’s request to translate her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple, into Hebrew because she believes Israel abuses the Palestinian people.

In a letter to Yediot Books posted by Walker on the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel‘s website, the writer claims that the Jewish state is “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people” and must change its ways before she would any translation to be done.

However, several Hebrew translations have already been published in Israel as early as 1984, notes the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

Walker, who was once married to a Jewish man, pulled a similar stunt during the 1980s when she refused the Steven Spielberg-directed movie adaption of her book to be distributed in South Africa until “the apartheid regime was dismantled and Nelson Mandela became the first president of color of South Africa,” reports The UK Daily Mail.

Alice Walker has been an anti-Israel activist for some time.

The left-leaning social activist has been involved in an anti-Israel boycott campaign for several years. She traveled on one of the boats that tried to block an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip last year.

In her letter, Walker claims Israeli policies toward the Palestinians were “worse” than the segregation she suffered as an American youth and said South Africans had told her it was worse than Apartheid.

The head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a statement that he was saddened by Walker’s decision.

“It is sad that people who inspire to fight bigotry and prejudice continue to have a biased and bigoted side,” Abe Foxman said. “For some time Walker has been blinded by her anti-Israel animus. Unfortunately, this willful ignorance and bias against Israel has led her to exercise poor judgment in her publishing endeavors.”

The chief editor of Yediot Books, Netta Gurevich, said in a statement that she regretted the choice Walker made, reports The Washington Post.
The arts, and literature in particular, “are so important to bridging differences, presenting ‘the other’ and generating a climate of tolerance and compassion,” Gurevich said. “That’s all the more so when talking about ‘The Color Purple,’ a book that addresses discrimination, otherness and the importance of the individual’s struggle against injustice in general.”

4 comments

  • Who is surprised? The blacks are the biggest antisemites. When Dr. King came to NYC and Harlem, where did he come first? to Harlem? NO!! To Brooklyn!! To Ocean Parkway. To Borough Park to get a big fat check from self-hating Jews. But do Jews ever get the point that Blacks Are Antisemites?? NEVER!! Yankel Rosenbaum got the point- only too late- HaShem Hikom Damo!!!!

  • p.s.- All Israeli’s speak English. They just don’t speak EBONICS.

  • Alice Walker is just a hetero woman who decides to become a lesbo woman. What an idiot!!! I wonder why she married a jewish man ?

    • I did not know about this but reading about it on wikipedia it is obvious that it was not about love; it was about rubbing it in society’s collective face. Like Joan Crawford adopting Cristina for publicity and torturing her and Bing Crosby beating Gary almost to death and the other three boys but using them for publicity while wife Dixie drank herself to death. It was like Sammy Davis marrying Swedish actress May Britt and cheating on her from the first chance he could. I’ll do it because society hates it and if you hate it- SCREW YOU ALL because I’m famous and I can get away with it!! p.s.-she was always a lesbo. you are never straight and decide to turn lesbo- taint so- you are always lesbo/gay and suppress it and you can’t suppress it any more and decide to finally become your natural perverted self. Now I’m unfortunately a Jew. Can someone tell me why any Christian would want to turn Jew??? I can’t help it. I was born into this cult-Chas v’Chalilah– Uy Vey- But She’s really mishugana to convert to this mishigoss.

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