Alice Walker: Israel Practices Apartheid

According to The Independent, author Alice Walker (pictured) has refused to allow a new Israeli edition of her novel “The Color Purple,” in protest at what she calls Israel’s policy of “apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people.” The writer, who is active in the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, has written to the Israeli publisher, Yedhiot Books, saying she cannot permit publication of the book “at this time.” Walker adds that having grown up “under American apartheid” she found that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians was “far worse.” The use of the term “apartheid” to describe the treatment of Palestinians arouses fierce antagonism in Israel.

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