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Sally Rooney declines an Israeli translation of her new novel

13/02/2021 6:50 AM
Sally Rooney declines an Israeli translation of her new novel

Irish author Sally Rooney has declined an offer to publish her new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You in Israel due to her political views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The bestselling author whose popular works include, Conversations with Friends and Normal People has refused to have her latest novel translated into Hebrew by an Israeli publisher that translated her previous two novels due to its ties with the Israeli military.

In light of the recent report by Human Rights Watch which accused Israel of practicing apartheid, Rooney issued a statement where she explained that she is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement which is a Palestinian led campaign that according to their website ‘works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Irael to comply with international law’.

Rooney recognises in her statement that ‘Many states other than Israel are guilty of grievous human rights abuses … In this particular case, I am responding to the call from Palestinian civil society.’

She goes on to say that ‘The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so’.

Upon its release in September, Beautiful World, Where Are You reached the top of the UK’s book charts, selling more than 40,000 copies in just five days.