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June 20, 2012 8:39 am

Pulitzer Prize Winner Bans Translation of Book “Color Purple” Into Hebrew

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NY Daily News – Alice Walker has refused to allow a new Hebrew translation of her Pulitzer-winning novel, “The Color Purple” to be published in Israel, which she says is “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people.”

Walker, 68, has long been a member of the boycott, divest and sanction movement, which wants Israel ostracized economically and culturally on the international stage until it changes its policies toward the Palestinian residents of Gaza and the West Bank.

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  • Robert Sklar

    I really don’t see what is newsworthy in this story??? Just one more writer of fiction with opinions outside her range of knowledge and expertise. A comparison of Israel and South Africa completely fails in the details: especially in light of Turkish treatment of Kurds (cannot broadcast or teach in the Kurdish language); Arab treatment of Berbers (cannot give their children Berber names); Arab treatment of the black Africans in the Sudan (500,000 dead and 2 million displaced); Iranian treatment of Azeris and Kurds (severe restriction in the expression of national identity and occupation of their territory).