Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Color Purple”, toured Gaza this week. She was part of a delegation from Codepink, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement. Walker said in an interview yesterday that she wanted to be with the victims and “bear witness to what is happening” there. Due to the recent death of a sister, Walker says she felt connected to the people of Gaza who’ve lost their loved ones in the latest assault. She hopes to make President Obama more aware of the plight of Palestinians in Gaza. The truth is though, Obama is aware of what’s happening. However, in spite of that and Israel’s illegal actions, he’s decided not to cut the $30 billion dollars in aid promised to Israel over the next 10 years. That’s so not cool, dude. Not cool at all.
I do think Alice Walker can make people more aware, however, by writing about her experience and what she’s seen in Gaza when she comes back to the States. Better yet, why not approach Oprah and Steven Spielberg? (insert rolling of the eyes) Both participated in the movie based on her novel and both have a lot of influence, right? Surely, Oprah will listen. I must admit, I dislike (and I’m being kind here) Oprah. Of all the shows she’s done on crises, disasters and injustices taking place in the world, she has never spoken about the plight of Palestinians and the Israeli occupation. Correct me if I’m wrong on that, but I’m pretty sure that’s the case. And that makes Oprah a huge hypocrite. Maybe Walker can convince Spielberg to produce a documentary on the human toll the death and destruction of Israel’s assault has had on Gazans. Lest you’ve forgotten, Spielberg is the man who lobbied President Bush to posthumously pardon a man who violated US laws by supplying Jewish forces with planes during the Nakba in 1948. The documentary should be titled “Catastrophe in Gaza: Death and Destruction by the Hands of the Zionist Entity.”
Who am I kidding? That’s so not going to happen.