Alice Walker's opinions and decisions about Israel have been energetically defended as criticism of Israel. Some even insisted that she couldn't be anti-Semitic because she had a Jewish husband. An amusing tactic since claims that people with Black associates cannot be racist is a common defense of anti-Black racism.
Walker argued that her refusal to have her books translated into Hebrew were simply a human rights boycott which makes little sense. Her books have been translated into Chinese and other languages spoken in countries whose human rights abuses easily eclipse Israel. She opined that translating into Hebrew would her complicit in real or imagined (its clear which category her anti-Israel views fall into) abuses. By her own reasoning she is complicit in PRC atrocities!
What made Israel stand out to her? Clearly not human rights since she has no objection to Chinese translations. Her inconsistency affirms that anti-Semitism was behind her translation choice. She singled out Israel because of its Jewish nature.
Walker put her defenders in a position so awkward that they nearly drowned in this liquid by making comments that even Ali Abunimah would have a hard time defending. Alice entered her own wonderland by becoming a follower of David Icke. Yes, really.
"I have not known of David Icke until recently; I owe the introduction to my partner who encouraged me to share a couple of videos with him. What I admire most about David Icke is the freedom of his mind. It will go anywhere and often does in bringing together bits and pieces (sometimes whole chunks) of our mysterious human (and other) reality on this planet.
One of my favorite videos is of David Icke at the Oxford University Debating Society in England three years ago. If you haven’t been exposed to his thinking this is a good place to start. But perhaps I’m one of the few who hasn’t till now been exposed."
"What I was remembering was how [Malcolm X] called our oppressors “blue eyed devils.” Now who could that have been? Well, we see them here in David Icke’s book as the descendants of the reptilian race that landed on our sweet planet the moment they could get a glimpse of it through the mist that used to cover it (before there was a moon). No kidding. Deep breath! Yes, before there was a moon! (Oh, I love the moon; can I keep it? Please?). Anyway, there they came, these space beings (we’re space beings too, of course, not to forget that). But they looked…. different than us. And they were.
They wanted gold and they wanted slaves to mine it for them. Now gosh, who does this remind us of? I only am asking. You do the work. Apparently their own planet needed this metal to continue its, apparently, long life. Credo Mutwa, Zulu shaman – and I am on my knees here in gratitude that he held on long enough to tell us about this – calls them the Chitauri, which has become my favorite word of all time (well, of this time that I’m learning all this): my partner and I go around saying Oh, Chitauri, whenever we get a glimpse of one or two of the Chitauri offspring, aka Illuminati bloodline families and their puppets, on the telly. It’s quite the stress reliever, just knowing what we’re looking at."
Obvious points about Icke's neo-nazism aside, what can we learn from Walker's public psychasthenia? People who defend comments about Jewish related affairs as 'criticism of Israel' often have something to hide. Particularly when they do not offer proof that they are only criticizing the Jewish state, they are really arguing thats its impossible to criticize Israel and be anti-Semitic. Racism depends upon denial and socially accepted behavior to make it normal.
Extremists carve out their own environments to cocoon themselves from reason. 'Alternative media' (hate sites and dictatorship propaganda outlets in need of useful idiocy) do not exist simply because fringe ideologues need places to publish their rants about the international Jewish conspiracy to fluoridate Richard Falk's precious bodily fluids. The alternative media and other spaces exist as echo chambers to strengthen their delusional views.
The tactic of arguing that Jew hatred is mere criticism of Israel - alibi anti-Semitism - is more than a transparently fake defense its an attempt to make Jew hatred socially acceptable. Walker's opinions give us an example of alibi anti-Semitism can lead to double standards to endorsing a Shoah denier. Its unlikely that Alice is ever subjected to criticism which is important for a healthy adult life. Just as Walker was to swept up in her narcism and sheltered from criticism to understand the truly vile nature of her beliefs alibi anti-Semitism exists to quarantine people from criticism so their opinions fester even further. Alice Walker has unintentionally demolished the non-argument of presenting mankind's oldest hatred as criticism of Bibi.