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New Book By Alice Walker Brimming with Anti-Jewish Ideas, says ADL

The Cushion in the Road contains 'comparisons of Israelis to Nazis'

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 19th, 2013 in News » World

New Book By Alice Walker Brimming with Anti-Jewish Ideas, says ADL

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Alice Walker - author of the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning The Color Purple - expresses several "fervently anti-Jewish ideas" in her latest novel, The Cushion in the Road.

The League, an American Jewish organization whose mission is to 'stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all citizens alike,' claims the novel dedicates over eighty pages to essays on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which they say is "peppered with explicit comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany."

According to the ADL, the pages, which comprise a dozen essays in a section called "On Palestine," are brimming with attempts to justify terrorism against Israeli citizens. She also ostracizes the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, comparing it to movie festivals Hitler had established in the days leading up to World War II.

“It amazes me, in these churches, that there is no discussion of the fact that the other behavior we learned about in the Bible stories: the rapes, the murders, the pillaging, the enslavement of the conquered, the confiscation of land, the brutal domination and colonization of all ‘others’ is still front and center in Israel’s behavior today,” Walker writes in The Cushion in the Road.

“It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multibranched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel’s attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land."

Walker is no stranger to anti-Israeli rhetoric - only last month did she write an open letter to Alicia Keys urging her to boycott Israel 'apartheid.' "It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists," she wrote in the letter. Keys, however, has yet to succumb to growing pressure to cancel her show, and is set to perform in Tel Aviv July 4th.

Walker also made headlines last year when she refused for her highly acclaimed Color Purple to be translated in Hebrew, telling Israeli publishing house Yedidot Books that the State must change its polices before she would allow it to be published there.

The ADL expresses that in her new novel, Walker suggests that Israel should no longer exist as a Jewish state.

“Alice Walker has sunk to new lows with essays that remove the gloss of her anti-Israel activism to reveal someone who is unabashedly infected with anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the ADL. “She has taken her extreme and hostile views to a shocking new level, revealing the depth of her hatred of Jews and Israel to a degree that we have not witnessed before. Her descriptions of the conflict are so grossly inaccurate and biased that it seems Walker wants the uninformed reader to come away sharing her hate-filled conclusions that Israel is committing the greatest atrocity in the history of the world."

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