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Sally Rooney’s books pulled from major Israeli bookstores after her boycott

Sally Rooney takes part in a panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 17, 2020, in Pasadena, California. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sally Rooney takes part in a panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 17, 2020, in Pasadena, California. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Two major bookstore chains in Israel announce that they will no longer sell books by Sally Rooney after the Irish author said last month that she would not allow her latest work to be translated by an Israeli into Hebrew.

Bookstores Steimatzky and Tzomet Sefarim — which together have more than 200 shops nationwide — say they will pull her books from their shelves after her comments. The chains say that her books will be removed from their websites and stores by the end of today.

Rooney, a vocal critic of Israel and author of “Normal People,” said that she would not allow “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” to be published by an Israeli because she supports a cultural boycott of Israel.

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