Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker has been getting a lot of publicity for joining the latest planned flotilla to Gaza, and she has also gotten a bit of much-deserved criticism.
Something she said over the weekend shows just how skewed her thinking is:
I grew up in the South under segregation, under the state terrorism of apartheid. When I was in the West Bank and Gaza recently, it was like stepping back into that.While segregation in the 1950s and 1960s was reprehensible, characterizing it as "state terrorism of apartheid" is ridiculous.
But even more absurd is this simple fact: The areas of the West Bank and Gaza that she visited did not have a single Jewish resident, and neither would "Palestine."
She is supporting the creation of a state that would be founded upon ethnically cleansing every Jew from its borders. A state where selling land to a Jew invokes the death penalty. A state whose nascent constitution says explicitly that its laws are based on Islamic Shari'a law. A state where Christians have been persecuted by their Muslim neighbors, where tens of thousands have already fled and where the remainder are cowed into silence rather than standing up for equal rights.
She is traveling to Gaza with groups that have met with and supported Hamas, whose charter explicitly calls for genocide against Jews and that offers an Islamic supremacist vision of the world. She is traveling with groups that have supported terrorism against Israelis
Apparently, Alice Walker enthusiastically supports Palestinian Arab apartheid.