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Alice Walker calls Israel ‘Apartheid state’; refuses to license Hebrew version of ‘Color Purple’

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 19, 2012 | 9:22 am

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Calling Israel an “Apartheid State,” Alice Walker, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Color Purple,” refused to license a Hebrew version of the book.

JTA reports:

In a June 9 letter to Yedioth Books, Alice Walker said she would not allow the publication of the book into Hebrew because “Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”

In her letter, posted Sunday by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on its website, Walker supported the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and offered her hope that the BDS movement “will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.”

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Walker said Israelis policies were “worse” than the segregation she suffered as an American youth and said South Africans had told her it was worse than Apartheid.

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