Friday, January 03, 2014

Actress Emma Thompson Calls for Ban on Israeli Theater‏

Don Salem
Hollywood wastes no time in giving Emma Thompson, co-star of a new Disney film (co-produced by the BBC) Saving Mr. Banks, a big welcome and a red carpet. In fact, now we have her hands in our pavement on Hollywood Boulevard. All this may seem just fine, except that she is a serious anti-Semite, clearly stated on multiple sites and virulent at that.

A letter regarding the Globe to Globe Shakespearean festival in England stated: “Actress Emma Thompson Calls for Ban on Israeli Theater Over ‘Illegal Colonization of Occupied Land.” The letter concludes with the entertainer asking that Globe to Globe rescind the Israeli invitation “so the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonization of occupied land.”

Apparently, some Hollywood producers just do not care what anyone says about Jews or Israel. Then ask yourselves...are some of Hollywood’s top guns disgracefully reenacting their anti-Semitic Jewish predecessors?

I wonder what our City would say if Elvis Costello and many others (high on the anti-Semitic list) who refused to perform in Israel, was to sing at the Wallis Annenberg Center. Hopefully, the management is more conscientious about  allowing an actor to appear who holds such anti-Semitic


michaelb said...

I see, this is why she's such a good friend of Helen Bamber - heard of her? Look her up. Emma is the President of the Helen Bamber Foundation. This woman is not an anti-semite.

GS Don Morris, Ph.D./Chana Givon said...

Greetings Michaelb

Appreciate you taking time to read Docstalk and to offer a response to an article. Yes Ms. Bamber aka Helen Balmuth did amazing working post WWII with Holocaust survivors. Her work with human rights is immense and impressive-her treatise on Human Trafficking is expansive. I also believe she was part of a group who developed Amnesty International-correct me if I am mistaken. I take your word that Ms. Thompson is a good friend of Ms. Bamber. This written, I note that no mention of Ms. Thompson's call for banning Israeli theater is discussed. The position states how "Habimah has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory." Really? This is the mantra of our enemies and could not be further from the truth. I did not say she was an anti-Semite, I draw attention to her position regarding Israel's rights in still, to this day, disputed territories. I suggest she become more informed before publicly defining her stance.
thank you for reading docstalk