Tags: israel | toronto | festival

Hollywood Celebrities Squabbling Over Israel

Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 12:11 PM

By James Hirsen

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

On one side you have Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, David Byrne, Julie Christie, and Viggo Mortensen. On the other you have Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Rogen, Robert Duvall, Halle Berry, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lisa Kudrow, and Lenny Kravitz.

At issue is the nation of Israel, its policies in Gaza, and the Toronto Film Festival.

Fonda, Glover and other celebs published a protest and boycott letter alleging that the Toronto fest had become an agent of the "Israeli propaganda machine."

A Canadian documentary filmmaker, John Greyson, withdrew his film from the festival because, according to Greyson, the event's sister-city relationship with Tel Aviv was an implicit endorsement of “the smiling face of Israeli apartheid.”

These sentiments are the same as those of the American and European left and are prevalent in celebrity circles, where condemning Israeli policies have become trendy.

For example, last January rocker Annie Lennox led a group that included Ken Livingstone, Bianca Jagger, George Galloway, and Alexei Sayle and called for an end to the “slaughter and systematic murder” of Arabs in Gaza.

Former high-powered Hollywood agent Dan Adler created a response advertisement to denounce the aforementioned protest letter.

Celebrities, including Seinfeld, Rogen, Duvall, Berry, Cohen, Kudrow, and Kravitz, signed on in droves. But a host of execs and filmmakers, including Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing, Neal Moritz, Jonathan Glickman, Nina Jacobson, Darren Star, Nathan Kahane, Gail Berman, and Ed Zwick, also signed on.

“The world always had anti-Semites,” Hollywood financier Haim Saban told the Los Angeles Times in an e-mail exchange. “It has now and always will, but the people of Israel always have, and always will live and prosper. Sorry Jew haters. You lose.”

Fonda has apparently felt the pressure. She posted on her blog and in the Huffington Post that she had not read everything that was in the document she signed.

“It was the outcry that ensued that caused me to study it more carefully,” Fonda said. “It was then that I saw that there were parts of it that I did not agree with. . .

“Some of the words in the protest letter did not come from my heart, words that are unnecessarily inflammatory: The simplistic depiction of Tel Aviv as a city ‘built on destroyed Palestinian villages,’ for instance, and the omission of any mention of Hamas' eight-month-long rocket and mortar attacks on the town of Sderot and the western Negev to which Israel was responding when it launched its war on Gaza.” the actress added. “By neglecting to do this the letter allowed good people to close their ears and their hearts.”

Fonda may have just made herself into a persona non grata in Hollywood, something that even her posing with the Viet Kong couldn't accomplish.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Colbert May Be More Than CBS Bargained For

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 10:58 AM

CBS has confirmed that the individual who is going to fill David Letterman’s shoes as the new host of “Late Night” is no . . .

Ratings May Be Behind Letterman's Retirement

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 12:46 PM

David Letterman stunned his audience last week with his announcement that he would retire from late-night television som . . .

Unbiblical 'Noah' Is No Crowd Pleaser

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 09:53 AM

The much-talked about, biblically questionable big-screen release “Noah” finished its debut weekend with a better than e . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved