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Alice Walker Doesn’t Want Her Books Published in Hebrew

By on 6.20.12 | 12:35PM

Author Alice Walker has demanded that an Israeli publisher not proceed with a printing of her book The Color Purple in Hebrew.

Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple, is a supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel. She has described Israel as an "apartheid state" and claims its treatment of Palestinians is worse than the segregation she faced growing up in Georgia in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.

For his part, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz thinks Yediot Books should proceed with the publication over Walker's objections. I disagree. I think Yediot Books should accede to her request. Because if they do then they will spare Israeli youth the indignity of being exposed to Ms. Walker's mediocre writing.

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