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Jewish Leaders Unhappy with Mel Gibson Over Film

After it was announced this week that Mel Gibson may direct a film about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, Jewish leaders have come forward to express their displeasure over Gibson being attached to the project.


mel gibsonAccording to Reuters, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, shared his thoughts about the Mel Gibson connection to the Judah Maccabee film project. “As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty,” said Foxman, “Judah Maccabee deserves better.”

Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions will develop the Judah Maccabee film with Warner Bros., with the option for Gibsonto direct the project. Although Jewish leaders are unhappy with the possibility of Mel Gibson making a movie aboutJudah Maccabee, some are seeing move as a way for Gibson to mend fences with the Jewish community after the actor/filmmaker made highly publicized anti-Semitic statements back in 2006.

In relation to the upcoming Judah Maccabee project, Reuters reports that Rabbi Marvin Hier of Los Angeles’ Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a brief statement about Mel Gibson as the director of a Judah Maccabee movie. “Simply an insult to Jews,” said Hier.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. declined to comment on the criticism.

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