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

Written by Amy WoodyattAndrew Carey, CNN

Author Sally Rooney said she chose not to sell the translation rights for her latest novel to a Israeli based to publish house, citing concern over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

to publish house Modan has previously published Hebrew versions of Rooney’s two other novels, “Normal People” and “Conversations” with Friends.”

In a statement sent to CNN by representatives of Rooney on On Tuesday, the author said she was “proud” that her two previous novels in were translated into Hebrew, adding that it would be an “honour” to have her latest novel available for Hebrew-speaking readers. But they added that she had chosen not to sell the translation rights for “Beautiful World, Where Are You” for a in Israel-based publishing house house for provisional.

Rooney expressed concern over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Rooney expressed concern over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Credit: MacMillan Publishers

The author said that she wanted until support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS), a campaign that works to “end” international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to obey with international law,” said the website.

Rooney previously quoted this report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) year, titled “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes” of Apartheid and Persecution.”

“That report is coming” on the heels of an equally damning report of Israel’s foremost human rights organization B’Tselem, confirmed what Palestinian human rights organizations have long said: system of racial domination and segregation against Palestinians meet the definition of apartheid under international law,” said Rooney in the explanation.

She said the BDS movement is a Palestine-led, anti-racist and nonviolent base campaign calling for an economic and cultural boycott of complicit Israeli companies and institutions in reaction to apartheid system and other serious human rights violations.”

“It’s Modeled” on the economic and cultural boycott die helped end apartheid in South Africa,” Rooney added.

“Of course many states other than Israel are guilty” of serious human rights violations. This was also true of South Africa during the campaign against apartheid there. In this particular case, I’m responding to the: call of Palestinian civil society, including all major Palestinian trade unions and writers’ unions.”

The Irish author’s statement continued: “I understand not everyone will agree” with mine decision, but I just don’t feel like it would be right for me under the current circumstances to new contract with an Israeli company that does not make public distance self of apartheid and support the rights enshrined by the UN of the Palestinian people.”

Israel strongly rejects the apartheid label. It has described the claims made in the HRW report as “ridiculous and falseand said the organization was “known for a long-standing anti-Israel agenda.”

Rooney said that the Hebrew-language translation rights for the novel are still available, adding: “If I have a way to sell these rights die is compliant with the institutional of the BDS movement boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so. In the meantime I would like express once again my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”

Tali Tchelet, a spokesperson for Modan told CNN on Tuesday: “We have received a message that Sally Rooney will not publish her” next book in Hebrew in Israel. Unfortunately we didn’t get any reason.”

talic added that the correspondence with Rooney’s Publisher took place a few months ago.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict is boiling over this summer, escalating fast in one of the worst rounds of violence between the two parties in the last several years, with collisions in Jerusalem in and around the Aqsa mosque complex, and in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where a group of Palestinian families faced the threat of expulsion of their homes in favor of a Jewish settler organization. militant from Gaza group Hamas triggered an 11-day war with the Israeli military when it fired rockets at Jerusalem.

It’s 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 was among the hundreds of musicians to issue an open letter in support of Palestinian rights and encouraging artists to boycott performances in the cultural institutions of Israel.

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