‘Color Purple’ Author’s New Virulently Anti-Semitic Book Draws Criticism

Alice Walker is most well known for authoring The Color Purple, a book on the African American experience that in 1985 became an award-winning film staring Oprah Winfrey among others. But Walker is also well known as a major anti-Semite and in her new book, The Cushion in the Road, Walker “sinks to new lows” of anti-Semitism.

In Walker’s new book 12 essays in a section titled “On Palestine,” a section that forms one quarter of the book, are replete with comparisons of modern-day Israel to Nazi Germany and proclamations that Israel should not be allowed to exist. The book also makes attempts to justify terrorism against Israelis saying Palestinians should not be blamed for terror bombings in Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti Defamation League, slams Walker’s new book saying, “Alice Walker has taken her extreme and hostile views to a shocking new level.”

“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,” Foxman said in a press release.

In Walker’s book, the Israelis are accused of “genocide” against the Palestinians as well as “ethnic cleansing,” and “crimes against humanity,” not to mention “cruelty and diabolical torture.”

The book also likens the Palestinian cause to the American civil rights movement and excoriates black churches in America for teaching Bible passages about ancient Israel.

Foxman points out one particular passage of The Cushion in the Road concerning Walker’s disgust with black churches for teaching bible passages on ancient Israel.

Speaking of Black churches whose leaders recount Biblical stories about the Israelites’ various triumphs and travails, Walker writes, “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 has raised eyebrows for years with her anti-Jewish sentiment but in the last few years the author has stepped up her attacks on Israel.

Last year, Walker refused to allow her most famous work to be translated into Hebrew for the Israeli audience because “Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”

The famous author also visited the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s “apartheid” against the Palestinians. At that time Walker claimed that today’s Israel is even worse than America’s 1950s Jim Crow South.

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  • jim_m

    Well, Chico will like it.

    • He’d buy a dozen copies to give to his friends…

      …if he had any.

    • Commander_Chico

      A comparison of the Israelis to the violence in the Bible is extreme – the Bible does have a lot of massacres, raping and pillaging in it.

      Chico is concerned with what the United States does – frankly, the Israelis can do what they want without US support. We should leave the Israelis alone as we leave the Syrians alone.

      The problem is when Israeli land-grabbing and oppressive activities become identified with the USA because we support it.

      Cause → Effect

      Because the national interests of the USA have become confused with those of Israel, we have been at war for years. We also have a total surveillance state with no rule of law because we are entangled in the Middle East. The rignts in the Constitution are over.

      A good patriotic guy like Snowden, who enlisted for the Special Forces, feels compelled to go out and sacrifice his safety in order to tell the American public how they are being spied upon illegally.

      The whole framework of rights established by the Founders is being destroyed in the name of safety – safety against blowback from our interference in other lands. Foreign entanglement leads to domestic oppression.

      If the USA heeded Washington’s advice in his Farewell Address, we would not be unduly attached to a foreign country like Israel.

      • jim_m

        Evidence that Chico is a complete ass – He refers to himself in the third person.

        Of course the other evidence is that he parrots leftist pro pali propaganda without bothering to actually look at the facts. The facts are that Israel has not been out grabbing land from anyone and he is full of crap.

        As for the framework of rights that the founders established, it is being destroyed in the name of leftism, which Chico supports. His bullshit about safety is just a facade to get people to ignore the fact that it is the cronyism and corruption of obama that has propelled us to the brink of a fascist state.

        • Commander_Chico

          Are you saying Bob Dole is a complete ass? Chico says he’s a great American.

          I see you just have a bald denial of the Israeli land-grabbing. Typical of hasbara – deny, deny, and then shout “anti-Semite.”

          An Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, says this about land-grabbing:

          Since 1967 Israel has established over a hundred settlements in the West Bank. In addition, there are dozens more settlement outposts that are not officially recognized by the authorities. These settlements were established on vast tracts of land taken from the Palestinians, in breach of international humanitarian law. . . . Israel’s dramatic alteration of the West Bank map has precluded realization of Palestinians’ right to self-determination in a viable Palestinian state.




          Look at the maps – they are grabbing land.

          • jim_m

            It’s hard to lend any credibility to Peacenow since they have grossly overestimated the percentage of land that was held by palestinians. In the settlements at Ma’ale Adumim, Peace Now had to downgrade their estimate of the proportion built on privately owned palestinian land from 86%, to 0.5%. They had blindly accepted pali claims as true until they were presented evidence that they were full of crap.

          • Commander_Chico

            C’mon, jim, quit lying, denying and shouting anti-Semite!

            I provide links to support my arguments, with maps. How about you?

            You talk about one settlement. How about the whole West Bank, including the Jordan Valley?

            Even the Daily Telegraph recognizes the issue:


          • Rdmurphy42

            The “Palestinians” had the opportunity to have their own state free and clear. They turned it down to attack Israel with the help of their neighbors. They lost. Tough noogie.

          • jim_m

            The article you cite does not say how much land is going to be taken away from palestinians. It says

            Even though the settlements have a large surplus of land within their allocated boundaries, the report found that about a third of the building by settlers goes on outside these licensed areas.

            “The importance of these spillovers, 70 per cent of which affect private Palestinian holdings,…

            It does not claim that the settlement land is illegal or that the land is being taken from palestinians.

            Nor does it say that 70% of the land taken is palestinian.

            It says that when the settlements build outside their areas that 70% of the time (or 23.1% of the time for all settlements when you do the math) they affect palestinian properties. They don’t even say how much property is affected or even if the encroachment is meaningful in any way.

            You are lying to overstate the issue. This is the problem with the pro pali crowd. They don’t tell you anything meaningful. They throw out a few numbers that sound really awful but when you think about them for all of 2 seconds you realize that the complaint is nothing but bullshit.

          • Commander_Chico

            All of the settlements are illegal under international law – an occupying power cannot take land.

            They are taking and holding large portions of land on the West Bank – the whole Jordan Valley, for example.

            Are you a dual citizen? Again, this is not about the Israelis, it’s about the USA covering from them and the trouble and wars that causes Americans.

            America first.

          • jim_m

            LOL. Dumbass. While the rest of the world considers the territories ‘occupied’ the Israelis consider it part of their nation.

            WHat is your suggestion? We should invade Israel to stop them? So much for your facade of anti interventionism. That seems to reach its end as soon as someone Jewish gets involved and then you are perfectly willing to tell them exactly how they should live their lives.

            Hypocrite. Stop saying that we should not get involved when you are so willing to say exactly what other nations are supposed to be doing. And Israel is the one exception to your isolationist rule because why???????

          • Commander_Chico

            Right – only Israelis (and not all or even most Israelis, either) consider the West Bank theirs – the rest of the world says it’s Arab land.

            So why should the USA cover for the Israelis at the UN and give them aid while they defy US policy to stop the settlements?

            I don’t think the USA should intervene – just stop sending American taxpayers’ money to Israel and stop vetoing resolutions in the Security Council condemning the settlements.

            That’s not intervention – that’s neutrality.

            Why do you defend a foreign country defying US policy going back to Reagan?

          • jim_m

            The reason the settlements are illegal is because of antisemitism. The whole issue is founded on antisemitism. No one has suggested that Russia colonizing Chechnya or Georgia by relocating Russian citizens to those countries was illegal. No one suggested that Relocation of Serbs and Croats into Bosnia under Tito’s Yugoslavia was illegal. But all of a sudden its illegal when a Jew does it. Don’t bother with any introspection about your beliefs. It won’t lead you anywhere nice.

          • Commander_Chico

            Ha ha, you finally resorted to playing the “anti-Semite!” card.

            Yeah, all of those things you mention – Chechya, Bosnia – caused huge bloodshed up to today. When the Russians did it a long time ago, the world was a different place. When Tito did it, it was also a long time ago and right after WW II. It wasn’t widely reported – certainly not on 24/7 news television.

            The world is a different place now, so people objected to what the Serbs did in Bosnia and Kosovo, what the Hutus did in Rwanda.

            The reason why the settlements are illegal is because of what the Hague and Geneva conventions say about an occupying power.

            Why don’t you just come out and say that you think Jews have some kind of tribal or religious God-given right to the West Bank, and that is more important than US policy or peace? Have some balls.

          • jim_m

            No. I do think that the arabs (and the palestinians whom no one considered a separate ethnicity until after the partitioning) never gave a damn about this land until some one suggested to give it to the Jews. I think that all opposition to this stems from the simple fact that people like you are sorry the Nazis didn’t finish the job.

            I think they have a right to the West Bank as spoils from a defensive war and that the complaining is mostly sour grapes from people who wish that the Israelis had all been pushed into the sea and would like to create the circumstances to have another try at that.

            And finally, I think that idiots like you would turn a blind eye to facilitating another holocaust and when it happened would just throw up your arms and say, “well, we shouldn’t be intervening in their internal Middle Eastern squabbles anyway.” and you would find an excuse to let them all die and afterward blame them for their own deaths.

            You see it has less to do with God and any Biblical claims or rights and more to do with my belief that people like you just want all the Jews dead.

          • Commander_Chico

            OK you admit that you think Israel should rule the West Bank. What should happen to the Arabs living there, going back generations? A lot of Israeli and West Bank towns were Arab towns going back centuries. Haifa, Bethlehem, Nablus, Ramallah, Jericho.

            Arabs were living there for a long time- granted, they were Arabic-speaking people who were descended from Phoenicians, Jews, Romans, Turks, Crusaders, etc. By DNA, so closely related to the Jews to be almost indistinguishable

            Should they be killed? Deported into Jordan to overthrow King Abdullah? Given asylum in the USA? Or given the vote in Israeli elections, in which case it won’t be Israel for long.

          • jim_m

            What should happen to the Arabs living there, going back generations?

            They are now residents of Israel and they are subject to what that government wants to do. You should take a page from your own book and say that it doesn’t matter what a government wants to do with its own people and that we should get out of it. But you don’t because you’re an antisemite. Israel is the only nation on earth where you are concerned with what the government does with its people.

          • Commander_Chico

            So do they get to vote, or do they just pay taxes and be “subject?”

            There is a foreign word for that kind of system, I am thinking . . .in Africaans . . apartheid… yes.

            Sure the Israelis can have their apartheid system, but the USA should not be protecting them from the backlash of the rest of the world in the UN and certainly not be forking over billions of dollars every year.

          • jim_m

            No other arab nations allow people to immigrate and to vote or become citizens. A palestinian cannot go to Jordan or Syria and become a citizen and vote. Why do you insist that Israel should be more accommodating than their arab neighbors? Oh yeah, because you;re an anti-semite.

            Yes, and now we get the whole bullshit apartheid claim. This claim is so ignorant it does not deserve notice except to point out that you are ignoring the real oppression that occurred under apartheid. Please, let’s not point out the fact that arab people have it better in Israel than they would if they immigrated to another arab nation. Nope, that would mean that we could not indulge our antisemitism.

          • Commander_Chico

            Why should they be more accommodating? Because the land belongs to those people. That’s where they are from – another thing proven by DNA.

            They can either stop the settlements, pull out and make peace, or face more and more opprobrium from the rest of the world, just as apartheid South Africa did. That’s just realism.

            Every argument of yours ends with “you’re an anti-Semite,” he he.

          • jim_m

            I did not say that these people should lose their land and by and large they are not. I DID say that there was no reason to give them citizenship or a vote. There is a difference.even if you are too dim to understand that. But you insist that the Israelis do more than anyone else because you are a bigot

            Oooo opprobrium! So what? Do you honestly think that the Israelis will ever overcome the anitsemitism that is found throughout the muslim world? (or for that matter in France?). An honest person would reccognize that the majority of the UN voting against Israel is pure antisemitism. I guess you are too close to that to be able to tell.

          • Commander_Chico

            You don’t know what real anti-Semitism is. I’ve met some real anti-Semites. One was a EU official who said at a cocktail party there was a reason why Jews got kicked out of every place they lived.

            I’ve been banned from another website for sticking up for Jews against white nationalists who said it would have been better if the Germans won WW II.

            I’ve debated Arab anti Semites by pointing out how closely related they are to Jews. They object, then they admit the truth of it.

            Maybe a lot of the vote in the UN against Israel is anti Semitic, it does not change the fact that what Israel is doing is wrong, it makes the US as an ally look bad, and is not even in the interest of Israel.

            When you read Ha’aretz – if you do, I doubt it – do you think that the Israelis saying the same thing as Chico are anti Semites? Is Peter Beinart anti Semitic? Jeffrey Goldberg? Tom Friedman?

            Get your head out of your ass.

          • jim_m

            Just because there are worse people than you does not excuse your bigotry. I call bullshit that you have been banned from anywhere for defending the people you would like to see pushed into the sea.

            It isn’t about whether any government does things that are wrong. They all do. It;s that you and the rest are happy to make Israel the ONLY government that has to have 6 billion back seat drivers scrutinizing every action for ethical issues. Israel is the only nation where you think we should be doing something about their internal politics. If you swap Syria for Israel in every post you write you would notice the difference. You are against every intervention on either side in Syria and get very exercised about staying out of it. Same with Egypt who we give billions of dollars. You say we should stay out of Egyptian politics but don’t say that we should cut off their aid.

            Nope. It is only Israel where you say we should cut off their aid. It is only Israel where you say we should do something about their internal politics. It’s because you are a bigot. Yes, I admit there are people worse than you. That doesn’t excuse you from being a bigot.

          • jim_m

            You’re right. I probably don’t know much about either anti-Semitism or racism. I hang around conservatives and not leftists like you do so I don’t experience it on a daily basis.

          • Rdmurphy42

            the ‘Palestinians'(Yes, that name will always have quotes as it is a completely made up and invented nationality with only a tenuous connection to those who claim it) have no case. As said. They had a shot at their own state, They rejected it, not only once, but multiple times, in favor of trying to wage war and LOST each time. They ‘deserve’ nothing and anything they get is a big favor to them. Once they stop throwing temper tantrums, perhaps they can get somewhere. The old maxim is still true; if tomorrow the ‘Palestinians’ laid down all of their weapons and stopped attacking, there would be peace the next day. If tomorrow the Israelis laid down all of their weapons, all there would be would be piles of dead Israelis.

          • Brucehenry

            “Iraqi,” “Jordanian,” “Syrian,” and “Lebanese” are all also made-up nationalities, genius. Made up by European colonialists Britain and France.

          • Rdmurphy42

            At least they have SOME cultural relevancy. There is no cultural relevancy to the designation ‘Palestinian’ other than an excuse to attack Israel.

          • Rdmurphy42

            Besides which, how is this exactly relevant? I never claimed that they were anything else. Deflection much?

          • jim_m

            Hey dumbass. What do you call a foreign national who is a legal resident in the US? They pay taxes but they cannot vote. Hmmmm.

            Sounds like you just accused the US of being an Apartheid state. What about all those illegal immigrants? Huh?

            Come on Chico. Either step up to admit that you are anti American (like we didn’t already know that) or admit to being a rabid antisemite.

            And why is it that Israel is an Apartheid state, but Saudi Arabia is not? Nor is Jordan. Or Egypt. Or Syria. None of these nations give rights to palestinians. In fact they give fewer rights than Israel does. I guess that’s OK because they aren’t Jooooos!

          • Brucehenry

            Ummm, because in the countries you mention, the Palestinians arrived there, but in the West Bank, the Palestinians were already there, it was the Israeli occupiers who arrived and began expropriating land?

            EDIT: If the US tomorrow invaded and occupied Nova Scotia, began “settling” land previously owned by Canadians, and imposed taxes and customs duties and onerous security requirements on the residents, it would indeed be an apartheid state. And the residents and governments of Ontario, Quebec and Prince Fucking Edward Island would not be culpable for American actions — the US would be.

            No country is required to grant voting rights to immigrants, legal or otherwise. But to assume political control of an unwilling populace and then deny that populace basic rights is illegal and wrong. Some dude way back when said something like “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

          • jim_m

            The Israelis got that land in a defensive war so they are justified in claiming the territories.

            Israeli law provides that all these people could become naturalized citizens. In fact these people were offered citizenship and most have refused so fuck them if they don’t like their situation. They CHOSE to not have these rights. If they wanted representation they could have had it but they CHOSE to forgo that opportunity.

          • Brucehenry

            All the residents of the West Bank are not only eligible for Israeli citizenship, they have been offered it? I don’t think so. When was that?

            I do know that “Israeli Arabs” who live within the 1948 borders are citizens and are represented in the Knesset. The West Bank? No.

          • jim_m

            All it takes is 3 years of legal residency according to Israeli law. They can apply any time but refuse to do so. Fuck them and fuck your apology for terrorists.

          • Brucehenry

            Citation required. Sounds like shit conservatives know that ain’t so to me.

            Edit:Well I’ll be damned if Wikipedia doesn’t say you’re correct!

            But still, like in my hypothetical Nova Scotia scenario, why should they become Israeli citizens and grant legitimacy to Israeli occupation? I wouldn’t.

          • jim_m

            Your favorite source: Wikipedia

            Adults may acquire Israeli citizenship through naturalization. To be eligible for naturalization, a person must have resided in Israel for three years out of the previous five years. In addition, the applicant must have a right to reside in Israel on a permanent basis. All naturalization requests are, however, at the discretion of the Minister of the Interior.

            also there is this

            Citizenship by residence was intended for non-Jewish denizens of the British Mandate of Palestine (Arabs, Druze, Bedouins, etc.) who were considered to be associated with Palestine during the period immediately prior to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.Such denizens who were still within the territorial confines of Israel after the war were granted full Israeli citizenship. In order to determine who was eligible for citizenship under this provision, the
            state of Israel conducted a population registration in 1952 and again inthe 1980s.

            But go ahead and spread your lies about Israeli oppression. It just shows you up as the antisemite I keep saying that you are.

          • Brucehenry

            Upon closer examination, Wiki DOESN’T say you’re correct about West Bank residents. Just residents of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. So it turns out that, as usual, you are again proven to be a liar at worst and ignorant at best.

          • jim_m

            Granted, the West Bank was not formally annexed to Israel. Palis have the right to elect local officials while the area remains under Israeli military governorship.

            I find it interesting that the West Bank arabs, who were Jordanian citizens, were stripped of that citizenship by Jordan, effectively rendering them people without a country. Funny how you never seem to worry about that.

          • Brucehenry

            So 4 million people have the right to elect powerless figureheads while living under military occupation by a foreign power. Awesome.

            To return to my hypothetical, if Nova Scotians were stripped of their citizenship by Canada, would that make US culpability for their plight less?

            Hey, I’m signing off now. Maybe I’ll return to this tomorrow.

          • Rdmurphy42

            Because its completely unfair that they suffer any consequences for their attempt to “Push the Jews into the sea” of course.

      • Rdmurphy42

        Of course, if a chance to go after Israel as the wellspring of all problems comes up, Chico will sprain himself rushing to jump in …

  • cirby

    In 1970, there were about 1.1 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

    Today, there are about 4.4 million.

    The Palestinian population is growing much faster than the Israeli population.

    This has to be the most inept “genocide” in recorded history.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, since they are growing at double the global growth rate it seems that despite their own best efforts to blow themselves up, the life that the Israelis provide is doing more for them than their arab neighbors.