Author Sally Rooney, who has been called a hypocrite after she announced she would boycott an Israeli publisher’s conference because the event was sponsored by the Israeli state, has received backing from fellow authors, including a number of illustrious foreign names.
Late last month Rooney called for the boycott after Deep Star Publishers founder and CEO Avi Benlolo announced a “right-wing Christian, pro-settler adventure book” called The Sane Waterway, a departure from the publishers’ usual Jewish themes and themes.
She said it would be no different to saying she would boycott someone’s Middle East conference if the speaker had spoken about “fucking Muslims in some cesspit and raping women, or indeed speaking against Zionism”, while a representative for Benlolo said the publisher “fully shares Sally’s world views”.
After in the response to the decision, Rooney took to Twitter to defend herself, sharing an article by British far-right wing blogger Lucian Quevedo, who had previously praised the writer’s “significant contributions to feminism”.
“Brendan Hughes’ best work was a 90% @ScholarsTest “adult, satirist look at the world,” wrote the far-right troll, in response to Rooney’s tweet.
It is not clear whether The Sane Waterway will be published by Deep Star in Ireland or how the company will react to the boycott. The publisher was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.