Alice Walker tells Alicia Keys to “Save Your Soul”

Reprinted from The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

Alice Walker, author of ‘The Color Purple’ calls on R&B musician to cancel her Tel Aviv summer performance and visit Gaza instead.

Singer Alicia Keys at the Superbowl, February 3, 2013

Singer Alicia Keys at the Superbowl, February 3, 2013 Photo: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

“It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists,” American author, poet and activist Alice Walker said on Wednesday.

In an open letter, the author urged R&B singer Alicia Keys to cancel her planned July performance in Israel and join the cultural boycott of Israel.

Likening the situation to that of America before the Civil Rights Movement, Walker said that boycotting institutions and products can act as a nonviolent option to end an apartheid “less lethal than Israel’s against the Palestinian people.”

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