Bestselling BDS-supporting writer Sally Rooney, who was widely accused of ostracizing Hebrew-speakers with her refusal to let an Israeli publisher print her latest book, said she would love to see a Hebrew translation.
“If I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so,” she said in a statement, referring to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
full statement from Sally Rooney on choosing to boycott an Israeli publishing house, via her agent: pic.twitter.com/q3CMAG4NKT
— Mari Cohen (@maricohen95) October 12, 2021
Rooney was responding to the wave of outrage that targeted her earlier due to her decision to reject a request by Israeli publisher Modan to translate into Hebrew and release her third novel. The book, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’, was released last month and is expected to be an international hit, just like the previous works by the Irish writer.
Many critics claimed that Rooney was against the translation of her book into Hebrew rather than against doing business with an Israeli company. Forward columnist Gitit Levy-Paz said her “choice to exclude a group of readers because of their national identity” was against “the very essence of literature,” and called the decision “dangerous” because of “the rise of antisemitism in recent years, especially in Europe.”
Sally Rooney skipped right over Jerusalem, the “occupied territories” and went straight for the entire Hebrew language, ostracizing every Jew on planet earth. That’s one quick hood slip. pic.twitter.com/roZAWTg6Ek
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) October 12, 2021
BDS, Rooney said, is “a nonviolent grassroots campaign calling for an economic and cultural boycott of complicit Israeli companies and institutions modelled on the economic and cultural boycott that helped to end apartheid in South Africa.”
The Israeli government considers BDS a national threat and claims that people supporting it are denying Israel’s right to exist. (RT)
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