Anti-Semitism watchdogs blast Pulitzer winning Alice Walker
Top anti-Semitism groups have expressed outrage at American writer Alice Walker's latest vitriolic assault on Israel
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and The Simon Wiesenthal Center have issued stinging rebukes to Pulitzer prize winning writer Alice Walker for her latest book which, they say, attacks Israel in the most extreme terms.
ADL said Walker had, "taken her extreme and hostile views to a shocking new level", adding that:
"Walker’s “The Cushion in the Road” (The New Press, 2013) devotes 80 pages to a screed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict replete with fervently anti-Jewish ideas and peppered with explicit comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany."
According to a statement, the ADL went on:
"The 12 essays of the section, titled “On Palestine,” which make up a quarter of the book, are rife with comparisons of Israelis to Nazis, denigrations of Judaism and Jews, and statements suggesting that Israel should cease to exist as a Jewish state. Walker’s book also attempts to justify terrorism against Israeli civilians, claiming that the “oppressed” Palestinians should not be blamed for carrying out suicide bombings."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said: “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”.
Walker, an acclaimed African-American writer, poet and activist has an iconic status on the ideological Left in the United States and beyond. She has frequently been at the forefront of controversy due to what her critics regard as her obsessive hostility to the Jewish state.
Most recently, she was slapped down by singer and actress Alicia Keys who rejected Walker's public call to join the international boycott movement and withdraw from a planned concert in Tel Aviv on July 4.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, quoting Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Center’s Founder and Dean, said of Walker's latest work:
“I must say, Alice Walker is the princess of historical revisionism, telling us that she fears that one day, ‘Though all focus appears to be on which Arab nation is likely to strike the United States … I imagine Israel just as capable of doing us nuclear harm … because the United States and Israel, working together have done terrible things to others … and it is the nature of thieves to eventually have a grand falling out.''”
At the time of writing, Alice Walker had not responded to such criticism.
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