‘The Color Purple’ Author Endorses Wildly Anti-Semitic Book in NY Times Interview

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• December 17, 2018 2:36 pm


Pulitzer-Prize winning author Alice Walker endorsed an "insanely Anti-Semitic" book in a recent interview with the New York Times.

The author of The Color Purple and Meridian was asked by the Times Thursday which books she had on her bookshelf.

"‘And the Truth Shall Set You Free,' by David Icke," Walker responded. "In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person’s dream come true."

But as Tablet Magazine noted Monday, Icke and his book spread long-discredited hoaxes like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and blaming Jews for Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan.

Confusingly, despite blaming the Holocaust on Jews, Icke also endorses Holocaust denial in the book. "Why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War?" he asks. "How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindler’s List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events?"

"What is the difference between the controlled anti-Jewish media under Hitler and the way the Japanese magazine, Marco Polo, was closed down by its parent company in 1995 because of a campaign by the global Jewish hierarchy to stop its advertising revenue after it published an article questioning some of the official stories of the Nazi concentration camps?" he also writes.

A number of journalists, especially those in the U.K. most familiar with the British writer's work, responded to the Times interview with disbelief over its decision to publish the recommendation without qualification.

This is not Walker's first time endorsing Icke's work. In 2015, she linked to an interview of Icke by InfoWars' Alex Jones. "I like these two because they’re real, and sometimes Alex Jones is a bit crazy; many Aquarians are," she wrote. "Icke only appears crazy to people who don’t appreciate the stubbornness required when one is called to a duty it is impossible to evade."

Walker is a prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement calling for a complete boycott of Israel. In 2012, she refused to allowed The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew, claiming that "Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people."

Published under: BDS, Israel, New York Times