‘Color Purple’ Author Censors Herself to Punish Israel

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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In a move that Alan Dershowitz correctly calls “bigotry and censorship,” writer Alice Walker has said she would not allow the translation of her novel The Color Purple into Hebrew because “Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.” She also said that South Africans have assured her Israel’s policies are worse than apartheid.

Walker intends to bring this evil, repressive Israeli regime to its knees by denying Hebrew-only readers access to her 30-year-old novel about black women burdened by sexism, racism, and poverty. This is the same Israel that allows its Arab citizens full rights, the only country in the Middle East that respects women’s rights, gay rights, and human rights for that matter.

No word on whether Walker will also deny her book to Palestinians until 1) the Hamas leadership repudiates the goal stated in its charter of utterly destroying the Jewish state, 2) stops indoctrinating Palestinian children to become suicide bombers, and 3) stops honoring the murderers of Jewish children.

Walker, an editor for Ms. magazine in the 70s, is best-known for the 1982 book, which won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, and which was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover. In publicity photos Walker perpetually displays a smug, beatific smile that seems to say, “I’m a wise, loving, multicultural womanist at Oneness with That Which is Beyond Understanding But Not Beyond Loving.” (I’m not kidding – she writes like that; check out her short preface to the 10th anniversary edition of The Color Purple).

How much moral authority does Walker have to chastise Israel? Less than zero, if I may allude to another 80s novel. Let us count the ways in which she de-legitimizes herself as a champion of good over evil:

Predictably, she is a longtime admirer of murderous dictator Fidel Castro and of “a teacher of mine,” radical historian Howard Zinn, who has turned the hearts and minds of at least a generation or two against America.

Also predictably, Walker is a very vocal opponent of war – or more precisely, she’s an opponent of America during wartime. She protested the bombing of Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 and participated, in March 2003, in an anti-war demonstration organized by Code Pink, the rabid far-left activists who never met an American enemy they didn’t embrace.

She had planned to challenge Israel’s Gaza blockade with the (aborted) Freedom Flotilla last year in a boat that would have been called “The Audacity of Hope,” after Barack Obama’s book. Naturally, Walker is an Obama supporter. In her pretentious literary voice full of faux-poetic stylings that border on the hilarious, she once described candidate Obama as

a remarkable human being, not perfect but humanly stunning, like [Martin Luther] King was and like Mandela is. We look at him, as we looked at them, and are glad to be of our species. He is the change America has been trying desperately and for centuries to hide, ignore, kill. The change America must have if we are to convince the rest of the world that we care about people other than our (white) selves.

Obama makes us “glad to be of our species”? So until he came along, were we humans envious of crustaceans or fungi instead? As for the notion that America cares about no one other than our “white selves,” that is a ludicrous but typical fantasy of racist womanists (her neologism) like Walker, who see the warmongering white male patriarchy – especially the American and Christian variety – as the fount of all evil throughout history, destroying the innocence of pure, peaceful, matriarchal indigenous peoples with such brutal methods as the “missionary” sexual position. (As usual with Western feminists, she is silent about Islamic misogyny.)

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  • Anamah

    Alice Walker is fullfil by her selfish spirit where she grab the important thing in herself and not faraway of her navel. But sadly enough is to know how obtuse and infatuated still is diving in her deep, total nonsense to find hapiness.

  • Steven

    I think the jewish state will weather this blowhard's storm if they even take notice it at all! BTW Alice, they also read in ENGLISH in Israel you idiot savant!

    • Barry

      "they also read in ENGLISH in Israel you idiot savant!"

      Exactly! And if Walker finds out – she will not allow her novel to be translated into English!

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Well… What will I do now!
    I cannot bear the thought of Alice what's he name preventing her trash being translated to the language of the Bible.
    The loss I am sure will be…. hardly if ever felt…
    If I find her book at the three Libraries in Eretz Israel which in one way or another I can influence, her book will be adequately attended to.

  • oldtimer

    No big loss.

  • Old Codger

    Yet another one in a long list of creeps.

  • montlasky

    Who wants to read this inaccurate, racist, leftist garbage whatever it colour it is described as?

  • BS77

    She is a "celebrated" author only because in today's PC affirmative action culture do mediocre performers get the superlatives sent their way..

  • Benwalid

    Alice Walker's boycott of an Israeli publisher is a principled and courageous stand which has incensed racists like Alan Dershowitz who are apologists for the apartheid state of Israel. Alice Walker, like many other prominent cultural figures, is supporting the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel that was issued by 171 Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005 until Israel complies with international law. This requires Israel ending its occupation and colonization of Arab lands and dismantling the aparhteid wall, ending its system of racial discrimination against its 1.5 million Palestinian citizens, and accepting the return of 7 million Palestinians to their homes and properties.

    • SickofmuslimBS

      Muslim troll, why don't you go blow yourself up at your family dinner table and do humanity a favour

    • ziontruth

      "This requires Israel ending its occupation…"

      We'll do. It's not right for the Jewish nation to be maintaining a military occupation on its own land. Time to expel all the Arab settler-colonists currently illegally residing in the Land of Israel and thereby end the occupation.

      "…ending its system of racial discrimination against its 1.5 million [Arab settler fifth-columnists], and accepting the [re-invasion] of 7 million [Arab colonist land-thieves of the Jews'] homes and properties."

      No, we're staying here on our one and only piece of land we have in the world; you sons of camels and donkeys go back to any Arab state of your choosing, any of the score of states you have well and beyond your indigenous entitlement of the Arabian Peninsula.

    • Ghostwriter

      I'm sure the Israelis will do that,if and when they get assurances that they will be no more terrorism from them AT ALL!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Hey, BenWad, here's a joke for ya and all yer fakestinian buddies:

      Man gets out of the plane in Riyadh, walks through the airport terminal to the street outside, goes to the taxi area, gets in a cab, says to the driver:

      "Take me to the Jewish neighborhood."

      Get it, anus face?

      • Benwalid

        Palestinians welcome Jews, Christians and Muslims to live in the Holy Land in equality and mutual respect.
        Seven million Palestinians insist on returning to Palestine and they insist that their land must remain multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural.

        • 12345

          The cat is out of the bag: You also wrote the Soviet constitution!

  • Silver Scumbag

    I detest hypocrites like Walker. She has benefited greatly from a white guilt ridden society whose ancestors took over native areas for oil and resources and shipped them to internment camps.

    Walker benefited from this apartheid actions. As a result, she should return the money she made from these racists OR give the money to native indian groups so that they may rebuild their stolen societies.

    • ziontruth

      They all benefit from the largess of the country they put down as the worst in the world. But if she had to spend just a month in B*tchwanaland as a resident, she'd be pining for AmeriKKKa.

  • tagalog

    Well, I guess she deserves some credit for being true to her anti-capitalist spirit, since she just cut off some profit in order to spite Israel. Kinda dumb if you ask me.

    Some statements are so out of touch with reality that it makes me wonder. Here's one of them: "He (Obama) is the change America has been trying desperately and for centuries to hide, ignore, kill."

    America has been trying -desperately, mind you, and for hundreds of years- to hide, ignore, kill Obama-style change? I assume she means something about race. When she says "America" I assume she means "white America." But where did she get that? She needs to look into the demographics of the 2008 presidential vote and to the debates over slavery that went on from at least 1787 to 1865. But yeah, I guess in the end I'd have to agree that Obama-style change isn't welcome as far as I'm concerned. But that would be true if Obama were lily-white.

  • Benwalid

    I am a Christian "SickofMuslimBS" so do you also hate Christians? You must be a really sick person who hates justice, human rights, Blacks and Muslims. Not surprisingly, racists who support apartheid Israel are unable to defend its policies and practices and so resort to using offensive language and personal attacks.

    • ziontruth

      "I am a Christian"

      So what? A lot of Christians are dhimmi appeasers of the Islamic imperialists and their colonial aggression against all non-Muslims worldwide. Back you go to your troll-hole, you stinking assortment of camel-droppings!

    • KarshiKhanabad

      When six million Muslims are surrounded by three hundred million screaming Jews, then I'll feel sympathy for the Muslim point of view. Until then, do the f***ing math!

      • Benwalid

        Thirteen church leaders of the Holy Land have said whenever Palestine is claimed by one people or religion against others, it will always be a cause of war and violence, and Palestine will only live up to her vocation by being an example to the world of peaceful co-existence of all peoples. This noble message is violated by Israel’s Juda-ization of the Holy Land which discriminates against Christians and Muslims.

  • Schlomotion

    This article fulfills the requirement that anyone selected as an enemy by FPM must have at least two vilifying articles published about her. This is really just a rehash of the other article, trying to waggle the name of Alan Dershowitz around because that celebrity goofball has also written a couple of books, and the other guy that tried to trash Walker was a nobody. It's amazing how receptive the writers are to the fact that they lack credentials, since it is frequently painfully obvious. It was touching to read the implied inclusion that Mr. Tapson stared at Ms. Walker's photograph for a while to study her face and her smile until he could summon sufficient bile from it to pen this angry misfire sequel.

    Excuse me, trilogy sequel. The first one was by the plagiarist from Italy. Then there was a forgettable one in the middle by a Jewish guy who writes obscure Jewish historical biographies for Jews. Then, finally the third installment tapped out by Mr. Tapson. At least Ms. Walker had the sense not to run The Color Purple into a trilogy and then a TV miniseries. So all this outrage is really over the fact that she refuses to rewrite it only for people who are so ignorant that they only know Hebrew? So what? She should be shackled to a desk and forced to write one?

    • Ghostwriter

      When are you going to give up your Jew bashing,Schlomotion?

    • Zionista

      more $ for Israel shmo – keep ranting you pathetic slug

    • Anonymous

      Slowthinker, here's a news flash:

      We Jews are here, proud, making more money than you, giving it to Israel

      Another day that you lose.

      Toodles, mamzer.

  • Benwalid

    Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
    May 2009 – The Council released a study indicating that Israel is practicing both colonialism and apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)…

    “Regarding apartheid, the team found that Israel's laws and policies in the OPT fit the definition of apartheid in the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. Israel's practices are corollary to five of the six 'inhuman acts' listed by the Convention. A policy of apartheid is especially indicated by Israel's demarcation of 'geographic reserves' in the West Bank, to which Palestinian residence is confined and which Palestinians cannot leave without a permit. The system is very similar to the policy of ‘Grand Apartheid' in apartheid South Africa, in which black South Africans were confined to black homelands delineated by the South African government, while white South Africans enjoyed freedom of movement and full civil rights in the rest of the country.”

    • ziontruth

      Human Sciences Research Council of Eretz Yisrael
      June 2012 – The Council released a study indicating that the Arab nation is practicing both colonialism and imperialism in the Arab-Colonized Jewish Territories (ACJTs)…

      "Regarding colonialism, the team found that the Arab nation's laws and policies in the ACJTs fit the definition of imperialism in the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Imperialism. A policy of imperialism is especially indicated by the Jewish-state-free maps found in all schools and other buildings throughout the Arab world, which imply the Jews of all nations are not entitled to a nation-state on their indigenous territory. The system is very similar to the policy of 'Drang nach Osten' in Nazi Germany, in which Slavs were designated to be stateless forced laborers of the imperialist German Master Race, which would be free to colonize their homelands and murder them with impunity and steal their riches."

  • Benwalid

    B’Tselem (Israeli Human Rights Organization)
    May 2002 – in a publication entitled Land Grab: Israel's Settlement Policy in the West Bank…

    “Israel has created in the Occupied Territories a regime of separation based on discrimination, applying two separate systems of law in the same area and basing the rights of individuals on their nationality. This regime is the only one of its kind in the world, and is reminiscent of distasteful regimes from the past, such as the Apartheid regime in South Africa.”15

    • ziontruth

      Aloh Na'aleh (Jewish Anti-Imperialist Organization)
      June 2012 – in a publication entitled Land Grab: The Arab Imperialist Colonization Policy in Judea, Samaria and Gaza…

      "The Arab colonists have created in the Arab-Colonized Jewish Territories a regime of terrorism based on denying the Jewish nation's rights, applying two systems of law in the same area and basing the rights of the individual on their nationality. This regime is the only one of its kind in the world, and is reminiscent of distasteful regimes from the past, such as the Nazi regime in Poland."

  • Benwalid

    You now have another person to hate…Jimmy Carter
    December 2006 – former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, speaking at the Atlanta Press Club after the launch of his book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid…

    “When Israel does occupy this territory deep within the West Bank, and connects the 200-or-so settlements with each other, with a road, and then prohibits the Palestinians from using that road, or in many cases even crossing the road, this perpetrates even worse instances of apartness, or apartheid, than we witnessed even in South Africa.”27

    • Lan Astaslem

      hey muzzy – carter was the worst president in the last century – and the blood thirsty pales wines are invented – even other arabs treat them like garbage

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got something for you,Benwalid. Maybe when your beloved Palestinians stop strapping bombs to themselves and blowing themselves up in discos,movie theaters,and the like,and also stop shooting rockets into their villages,then they'll talk. But not one minute sooner.

    • Benwalid

      The world is waking up to the racist ideology of Zionism that is based on ethnic cleansing, colonization and human rights violations, and are calling for justice for the Palestinians.

      Nelson Mandela (1997): “But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians…”

      • ziontruth

        Palestine = the Land of Israel. Therefore, no true Palestinians except the Jews. Arab settler-colonist land-grabbing invaders must evacuate Palestine in favor the only true Palestinians, the Jews, for the sake of justice.

        Get out of our land, tent-dwelling, desert-bringing inbred sons of camels and donkeys!

        • Benwalid

          Racist dribble reminiscent of apartheid South Africa. Even Israelis views such ideoogy as apartheid.

          ynetnews.com
          Elior Levy
          Published: 06.24.12, 15:35 / Israel News

          NGOs that include the Association for Human Rights in Israel (ACRI) and the Bimkom organization claim that the Civil Administration, which governs the territory, applies unequal policies to Palestinians and Jews in the area, branding the practice as a "zoning Apartheid."

      • Lan Astaslem

        no benny – the world is waking up to the filth that is islam and the pedophile mohamed

        • Benwalid

          http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=500
          European Poll: Israel Biggest Threat To World Peace
          November 1, 2011
          Results of a new poll commissioned by the European Commission show that Israel is believed by Europeans in 15 countries to be the greatest threat to world peace, greater than North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan.

          • KarshiKhanabad

            Then these "Europeans" are a bunch of stupid dhimmi idiot slaves who deserve their Muslim domination.

            We Jews value our freedom and we'll fight for it. Try us!

          • Benwalid

            Calling 700 million European Christians slaves and idiots, along with hating 1.3 billion Muslims, reminds one of a child's tantrum when they are refused candy.

  • danseagull

    ALICE WALKER IS A RACIST BIGOT AND AN ANTI-SEMITE ….I'VE KNOWN THAT FOR YEARS !!

  • Benwalid

    One more prooof of Israeli apartheid. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a notoriously racist rabbi who once called on Israel to slaughter a million Palestinian civilians, has been appointed to head a supervisory committee for Magen David Adom (MDA) – Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross.
    Eliyahu has stated that the “seducing” of Jewish girls was “another form of war” by Arab men. In 2010, Eliyahu and other state-employed rabbis issued a ruling telling Jews not to sell or rent property to members of the country’s Palestinian Arab minority, who make up a fifth of the population.

  • Benwalid

    Israel's Anti-African Pogroms Tell Us About Zionism
    A month ago, Tel Aviv's African migrant community came under a sustained mob attack, including vandalism, looting and firebombing. These events, and their aftermath, provide further evidence of the inherently racist nature of political Zionism.

  • pyeatte

    Alice Walker is just another anti-Jewish loon in a long line of anti-Jewish loons. Glad I never bought her book.

  • Ln Astaslem

    go take a bath in pig vomit

    • Benwalid

      Your hysterical and childish comments demonstrate that you cannot rebut any of the statements made by so many prominent international personalities, including Israelis, that Israel has become an apartheid state. Here is what Ehud Barak, the then Israeli Minister of Defence, said at the Herzliya conference in Februaryr 2010::
      “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic.” … “If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”