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Novelist Sally Rooney Denies Translation Rights to Israeli Company in Show of Support for BDS

HeadlineOct 13, 2021

Palestinian rights groups are applauding the decision by acclaimed Irish author Sally Rooney to deny translation rights to an Israel-based publishing house for her latest book. Rooney said the move is spurred by her support for Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Rooney, known for her novels “Conversations with Friends” and “Normal People,” said she would be honored to have her book published in Hebrew but could not sign a deal with a company that “does not publicly distance itself from apartheid.”

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