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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join a flotilla of ships this week that will try to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The author of The Color Purple tells Foreign Policy that the goal is to bring supplies and raise awareness of the situation and not to provide aid and supplies to Hamas.
During the interview she discusses terrorism and why she believes Israel and the U.S. are both terrorist countries:
Foreign Policy: Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said the stated goal of "humanitarian assistance" was a false pretext for your mission—and it's actually designed to serve an extremist political agenda, and that many of the groups participating in the mission maintain ties with extremist and terrorist organizations, including Hamas. Your reaction?
Alice Walker: I think Israel is the greatest terrorist in that part of the world. And I think in general, the United States and Israel are great terrorist organizations themselves. If you go to Gaza and see some of the bombs—what's left of the bombs that were dropped—and the general destruction, you would have to say, yeah, it's terrorism. When you terrorize people, when you make them so afraid of you that they are just mentally and psychologically wounded for life—that's terrorism. So these countries are terrorist countries.
Foreign Policy: How is the United States a terrorist country?
Alice Walker: It is. Absolutely, it is. It has terrorized people around the globe for a very long time. It has fought against countries that have tried to change their governments, that have tried to have democracies, and the United States has intervened and interfered, like in Guatemala or Chile. I feel that it is so unreasonable, and I don't quite understand how they can claim everyone else is a terrorist and they are not when so many people right this minute are terrified of the drones, for instance, in the war in Afghanistan. The dropping of bombs on people—isn't that terrorism?
Read the full interview at Foreign Policy.