Like many of us active in the civil rights movement of the 1960's, Alice Walker felt a great sense of hope and solidarity with the young state of Israel. But we have been disillusioned. Whether you call it Fascism, Jim Crow, Apartheid, Manifest Destiny, White Man's Burden or Zionism, these names all describe the same racist principle - that one people is superior with full rights and another people is inferior. The Nazis were worse than the Zionists. But Alice Walker is not the first to compare the racism of the current Israeli leadership with the worst oppressors of the Jewish people. In 1948 Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt were among 27 Jewish intellectuals who signed a letter to the New York Times declaring that Menachem begin's party, Tnuat Haherut, was "closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. . . . It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents." I have no doubt that if they were alive today Einstein and Arendt would support Alice Walker's criticism of Israeli Apartheid and share her condemnation of Begin's political successors. .
53-year-old Israeli woman lightly wounded by stone-throwing near Efrat settlement (Haaretz)
from the article: ADL: Alice Walker conveys 'fervently anti-Jewish ideas' in new book