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June 20, 2012 7:30 am

Israeli Publisher Calls Alice Walker’s Decision “Unfortunate”

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The cover of "The Color Purple," by Alice Walker. Credit: PD.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow Yediot Books to publish The Color Purple in Hebrew was “an unfortunate position” because literature is “an important tool in building inter-cultural bridges by presenting the character of the ‘other’ and by creating an atmosphere of tolerance and compassion,” according to Yediot’s head editor Neta Gurevich.

“This is all the more so when it has to do with the book The Color Purple, which handles issues of discrimination, diversity, and the importance of the individual’s fight against general injustice,” Gurevich said in a Hebrew statement translated by JNS.org.

Walker, in a letter to Yediot posted on the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel’s website, wrote that her decision was based on the determination of last fall’s Russell Tribunal on Palestine that Israel “is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”

The Color Purple focuses on female black life in the southern U.S. during the 1930s. Walker, highlighting her activism in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, explained that she also lobbied against director Steven Spielberg offering the film on her book in South Africa because “as with Israel today, there was a civil society movement of BDS aimed at changing South Africa’s apartheid policies and, in fact, transforming the government.”

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  • kevobx

    The transforming of the world is from Satan himself (2nd Corinthians 11:14), his seat is in the earthly church where the tares (Matthew 13:30) come to worship him at, the wheat are in the barn (Relevation 19:10). Remember, does the world believe God is he? (John 8:24)

  • kevobx

    The transforming of the world is from Satan himself (2nd Corinthians 11:14), his seat is in the earthly church where the tares (Matthew 13:30) come to worship him at (Relevation 19:10). Remember, does the world God is he? (John 8:24)

  • Jake in Jerusalem

    When the Germans under Nazi rule considered translating The Lord of the Rings into German, they first wanted to know if the author, Tolkien, might be Jewish.

    Tolkien replied to them: “But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.”

    The gullible Alice Walker foolishly responds to any accusation of “apartheid” without thinking whether the accusation is correct or baseless. She is no Tolkien – in more ways than one!

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