Sally Rooney refuses to sell Hebrew rights for latest book to Israeli publisher, citing political objections

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written by Amy WoodyattAndrew Carey, Granthshala

Writer Sally Rooney says she has decided not to sell translation rights to her latest novel israeli based publishing house, citing concerns about Israel Palestine confrontation.
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Publishing house Moden has previously published Hebrew editions of Rooney’s two other novels, “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends”.

In a statement sent to Granthshala by Rooney’s representatives on Tuesday, the author said he was “proud” to have his last two novels translated into Hebrew, adding that it would be an “honour” that his latest novels are available to Hebrew-speaking readers. will be available. But he said he had decided not to sell the translation rights to “Beautiful World, Where Are You” to an Israeli publishing house for the time being.


The author stated that she wanted to support the Boycott, Partition, Sanctions Movement (BDS), a campaign that seeks to “end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law”. works for, according to its website.

Rooney cited a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier this year titled “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution.”

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That report, coming on the heels of a similarly damning report by Israel’s foremost human rights organization, B’Salem, confirmed what Palestinian human rights groups have been saying for a long time: Israelis of racial supremacy and segregation against Palestinians. The system of apartheid meets the definition of international law,” Rooney said in the statement.

She said the BDS movement is a “Palestinian-led, anti-racist and nonviolent grassroots campaign that calls for an economic and cultural boycott of complex Israeli companies and institutions in response to the apartheid system and other serious human rights violations.”

“It is based on the economic and cultural exclusion that helped end apartheid in South Africa,” Rooney said.

“Of course, many states other than Israel are guilty of serious human rights abuses. This was also true during South Africa’s campaign against apartheid. In this particular case, I am responding to the call of Palestinian civil society, including all major ones. Palestinian Trade Union and Writers Association.”

The Irish author’s statement continued: “I understand that not everyone will agree with my decision, but I do not think it would be right under the current circumstances to accept a new contract with an Israeli company that publicly distances itself from.” Support apartheid and the rights of the Palestinian people as determined by the United Nations.”

Israel strongly rejects the label of apartheid. It called the claims made in the HRW report “absurd and false” and said the organization was “known for its anti-Israeli agenda.”

Rooney stated that the Hebrew-language translation rights to the novel are still available, adding: “If I can find a way to sell these rights that conforms to the institutional boycott guidelines of the BDS movement, I would be very happy to do so.” In the meantime, I want to once again express my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”

“We received a message that Sally Rooney will not be publishing her next book in Hebrew in Israel. Unfortunately, we were not given a reason,” Tali Tchelet, a spokeswoman for Modan, told Granthshala on Tuesday.

Tali said that Rooney’s correspondence with the publisher took place a few months ago.

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians intensified this summer, rapidly escalating into the worst period of violence between the two sides in the past several years, following clashes in and around the Aqsa Mosque complex and in Jerusalem in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Along, where a group of Palestinian families faced the threat of expulsion from their homes in favor of a Jewish settler organization. Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas waged an 11-day war with Israeli forces after rockets were fired at Jerusalem.

This is not the first time a celebrity has taken a stand on the issue.

In May, Rage Against the Machine, Patti Smith and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd were among hundreds of musicians who issued an open letter in support of Palestinian rights and encouraged artists to boycott performances at cultural institutions in Israel.


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