Dear JK Rowling - Fans often over-idealise their favourite artists. We want our heroes to be good people, filled with compassion and decency, and hate to believe bad things about them. I don’t have a lot of interest in the personal lives of celebrities, but my impression was that you showed that you had compassion for others.
You’ve written about the demonisation of single mothers in the UK. You worked for the world’s leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
A Casual Vacancy, on the other hand, displays a deep sense of anger at the comfortably complacent. Which is why I found your signature in support of the Israeli government – and I don’t think it can be viewed as anything but a propaganda coup for the Israeli government – so disappointing
The letter which you signed says nothing about how Israel treats the Palestinians. It doesn’t mention the siege on Gaza. It doesn’t mention the occupation, and millions of disfranchised Palestinians, living under a system of oppression. It doesn’t mention the millions of Palestinian refugees. It doesn’t mention the Palestinians being shot without trial right now, in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, or the protesters being shot in Gaza. It simply states that “we may not all share the same views on the policies of the Israeli government”. Rather than making common cause with those who hope for change, you made common cause with those seeking to prevent it.