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The Color Outlandish

The author of The Color Purple associates Mein Kampf with the Talmud 

Novelist Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, has stood by her endorsement of an anti-Semitic book, And the Truth Shall Set You Free, by David Icke. But that’s the least of it. Walker, reports JTA, defended her habit of reading books that are “extremely problematic.” These books include, according to Walker, the Koran, the Talmud, the Bible and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

We shall reserve to Muslims the appropriate comments on Walker’s associational equivalence of the Koran and Mein Kampf. But the Talmud and Mein Kampf? The Talmud prescribes a just and holy society yet was burned by haters of Judaism in the Middle Ages. Mein Kampf justified the burning of millions of Jewish human beings during WW II. Walker’s association of the two books is so outlandish and ignorant that one would not pay it the slightest attention were it not for the notoriety that Walker has achieved in the pages of The New York Times Book Review.

Walker credits David Icke’s attribution to Jews and Jewish organizations as the center of a global conspiracy to control the world. So there is no surprise in Walker’s ignorance of the scaffolding of her literary comparison — the gross difference in dimension of her “extremely problematic” books. The most recent edition of Mein Kampf, a critical edition, is 1,948 pages. Earlier editions of Mein Kampf checked in at 781 pages. The Talmud is 5,422 pages in 63 volumes, mostly complex legal discourse. Even scholars have trouble reading and comprehending it at the rate of one page a day. Face it. Walker is not “reading” the Talmud, she is making a purely anti-Semitic judgement, straight out of the Middle Ages, in associating it with Mein Kampf.

She claims that criticism of her is just a front for “an effort to dampen the effect of our speaking out in support of the people of Palestine.” Little does she realize how she damns her cause. If concern for the people of Palestine springs from a felt necessity to associate the Talmud with Mein Kampf, then surely the people of Palestine can use infinitely better defenders — unless, of course, her anti-Semitism does speak for Palestinians.

Walker called Icke’s book, which includes theorizing about the Jewish and extraterrestrial forces that control the world, a “curious person’s dream come true.”

’Nuff said.

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