Alice Walker rejects Israeli translation of her book

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why, Jun 24, 2012

she has such right, but I personally see no use of it: if she denies official (legit) translation then people will certainly get nonofficial (illegal). Who wins?

Indeed, she could do better and use her royalties from Israeli much wiser IMO)


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An ardent pro-Palestinian activist Jun 25, 2012

Walker is just another example of those so-called celebrities, who think with their hearts and not their heads. Their guiding epistemological principle is that the "underdog" is always right. Such people therefore have no need to engage brain, all they have to do is find the underdog. So Walker, wittingly or unwittingly, leaps on the bandwagon of the heart and shoots herself in the foot, by acting as the censor of her own works in the only country in the Middle East where there is a true free market of opinions, and in which her ideas might have an impact. Things are not perfect in Israel but try being an atheist, gay, a single mother or just a liberal anywhere else in the region.


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Couldn't agree more Mark Jun 25, 2012

This is the result of allowing "celebrities" to think the world revolves around them. Massive egos, sanctimonious and uninformed crusades....

I also don't get such a close comparison between apartheid in South Africa and the situation in the Middle East. It's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both fruit and grow on trees, that's about all they have in common.

I also don't understand her logic. A country she herself believes is tyrannically oppressing another nation and what does she do? Denies herself the opportunity in engaging with that country and exposing them to literature which might enlighten them.


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This article is not related to translation per se Jun 25, 2012

This article and the discussion originated from it do not seem to be focused on translation per se so this thread will be locked.

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