Boycotting Israel: bestselling author refuses to publish her book in Hebrew

Bestselling Irish author Sally Rooney won’t allow her new book to be published in Hebrew because she supports the cultural boycott of Israel.

The new novel of the 30-year-old Irish author, Sally Rooney, was published in September and debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Her book, “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” explores the life and romance of intellectual, urbane millennials.

However, her publicity campaign, closely following the adaptation of her second novel into a TV series, won’t reach Israel. According to the Hebrew-language publisher of the author, Modan Publishing House, Rooney won’t let her book be published in Hebrew because she openly opposes Israel and supports the cultural boycott of the country. Rooney’s agent confirmed the news.

In July, Sally Rooney was among the thousands of artists to sign a letter that “claims Israel committed war crimes in its recent fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip and that the ‘Israeli government operates a settler-colonial project committed to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population’.”

Nevertheless, Ireland has a history of pro-Palestinian sentiment, probably owing to the perceived cultural link to the struggles of the Irish against the British – writes The Jerusalem Post.


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