Alice Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her acclaimed 1982 novel "The Color Purple", has notified Israeli publisher Yediot Books that she will not allow the new Hebrew translation of the book to hit the bookshelves. The first version of "The Color Purple" in Hebrew dates back from 1984.
"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," she explained in a letter.
"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."