Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ha'aretz: Alice Walker refuses to authorize Hebrew version of The Color Purple, Poll: Big support for immigration plan

Poll: Big support for immigration plan


President Barack Obama's order to halt the deportation of certain young
illegal immigrants enjoys big public support, a new poll Tuesday found.

The survey by Bloomberg found that 64 percent of likely voters approved of
Obama's new policy, while 30 percent disagreed.

The order appeals most to Obama's base, with fully 86 percent of Democrats
supporting it, while a majority of Republicans, 56 percent, opposed the

Among independent voters the measure was popular with 66 percent backing the
change and 26 percent opposing it.

The president's executive order, which bypasses Congress and is effective
immediately, could affect hundreds of thousands of people who are in the
country without legal papers. It applies to those under 30 who were brought
to the U.S. before the age of 16 and are considered to present no risk to
national security or public safety.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has not yet taken a specific
position on the policy change.


Author of The Color Purple refuses to authorize Hebrew version because
'Israel is guilty of apartheid'

Alice Walker says Israeli policies were 'worse' than the segregation she
suffered as an American youth and said South Africans had told her it was
worse than Apartheid.

By JTA | Jun.19, 2012 | 4:55 AM |

Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," refused to authorize a Hebrew
translation of her prize-winning work, citing what she called Israel's
"apartheid state."

In a June 9 letter to Yediot Books, 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

It was not clear when Yediot Books, an imprint of the daily Yediot Achronot
newspaper, made the request, or whether Walker could in fact stop
translation of the book. At least one version of the book has already
appeared in Hebrew translation, in the 1980s.

Walker said Israeli policies were "worse" than the segregation she suffered
as an American youth and said South Africans had told her it was worse than

"The Color Purple," which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was
adapted into a movie in 1985 directed by Jewish filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

The novel and the film, which was nominated for 11 Oscars, treat racism in
the American South in the first part of the 20th century and sexism among

Walker has intensified her anti-Israel activism in recent years, traveling
to the Gaza Strip to advocate on behalf of the Palestinians.

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