Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an African American author, poet, activist and author of the novel “The Color Purple” (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Walker ).
Alice Walker to Apartheid Israel publisher Yediot Books refusing permission for them to publish the Hebrew translation of her novel “The Color Purple” (2012): “ “Thank you so much for wishing to publish my novel THE COLOR PURPLE. It isn’t possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason: As you may know, last Fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating. I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long. It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.” .
Alice Walker supports Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to End the Occupation of Gaza and
the West Bank: “So what to do? Rosa Parks sat down in the front of the bus.
Martin Luther King followed her act of courage with many of his own, and using
his ringing, compassionate voice he aroused the people of Montgomery, Alabama
to commit to a sustained boycott of the bus company; a company that refused to
allow people of color to sit in the front of the bus, even if it was empty. It
is time for us, en masse, to show up in front of our conscience, and sit down
in the front of the only bus we have: our very lives.
. Alice Walker, “Letter from Alice Walker to publishers at Yediot Books”, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, 9 June 2012: http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1917 .