The author of the best selling book "The Color Purple" has denied an Israeli publisher the rights to translate her book into Hebrew. According to the Jewish Telegraphy Agency, Alice Walker wrote a letter to Yediot Books stating that "Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories." Walker also participated on the flotilla to Gaza in 2011. A previous translation of the book was released in the 1980s.
For almost ten years Walker was married to Mel Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer. Their daughter Rebecca Leventhal Walker is the author of the book Black White and Jewish.