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Alice Walker rejects Israeli translation of book

Writer Alice Walker says an Israeli publisher can't release a new Hebrew edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple," because of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people.

books Updated: Jun 20, 2012 11:52 IST

Writer Alice Walker says an Israeli publisher can't release a new Hebrew edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple," because of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people.

Walker said in a letter to Yediot Books that Israel practices apartheid. She says Israel must change its policies before her works can be published there.

She said in the letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, "Now is not the time."

Walker has been a pro-Palestinian activist for years and was on a flotilla that unsuccessfully tried to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip last year.

"The Color Purple," a tale about black women in the American South in the 1930s, has been translated into Hebrew before.