Stand With Alice Walker! Free Palestine! Anti-Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism!


We, the undersigned, include a growing list of community leaders, writers, artists, journalists, academics, workers, social justice advocates and organizations who call on the Bay Area Book Festival to immediately reinstate their invitation to lifelong civil and human rights fighter, antiwar activist, feminist and world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker to participate in their May 7-8, 2022 annual festival in Berkeley, CA.  

We strongly condemn the Bay Area Book Festival’s decision to cancel Alice Walker’s participation based on spurious charges of anti-Semitism that falsely equate opposition to discriminatory policies of Zionist Israel with hatred of Jewish people.

We stand unequivocally against the Book Festival’s shameful and slanderous statements – which are just the latest in a long line of concerted Zionist attacks on prominent Black intellectuals who espouse solidarity with the Palestinian people. Attacks on other Black people prominent in public life include, but are not limited to Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Marc Lamont Hill, Cornell West, and even the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

We assert that defense of the Palestinian people, who suffer the daily horrors imposed on them by the racist, colonial, apartheid, settler state of Israel, has nothing in common with the despicable views and practices of Jew-hating anti-Semites, whose vitriol and violent deeds increasingly permeate political life in the US and around the world.

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