ADL: Alice Walker Conveys 'Fervently anti-Jewish Ideas' in New Book

U.S.-based Jewish group blasts Pulitzer-winning author for drawing parallel between Nazi Germany and Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

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The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday lambasted U.S. author Alice Walker over "fervently anti-Jewish ideas" the group said she expressed in her new book.

According to the U.S.-based Jewish organization, Walker's new book, “The Cushion in the Road,” devotes some 80 pages to essays on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – a section "replete with fervently anti-Jewish ideas and peppered with explicit comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany." In her writing, Walker further suggests that Israel should cease to exist as a Jewish state and seeks to justify terrorism against Israeli civilians, the ADL 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,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement. “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,” he added.

Alice Walker, the author of the Pulitzer-winning work “The Color Purple," has long held a position very critical of Israel. In protest against the country's policies toward the Palestinians walker last year refused to authorize a new Hebrew translation of her most famous work.

More recently, Walker – a proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel – urged singer Alicia Keys to cancel her scheduled July concert in Tel Aviv. In an open letter to Keys, she said that "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."

In its statement, the ADL blasted Walker for describing Israel’s actions toward the Palestinians as “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” “crimes against humanity,” and “cruelty and diabolical torture.” 

Author Alice Walker. Credit: AP