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Jewish Orgs. to Warner Bros.

BOOT Mel Gibson

from Maccabee Movie

9/9/2011 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Two powerful Jewish organizations are lashing out against the decision to hire Mel Gibson to produce a movie about biblical Jewish hero Judah Maccabee ... TMZ has learned.

The Anti-Defamation League has released a statement -- demanding Warner Bros. pull Gibson off the flick immediately ... saying, "As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better."

The statement adds, "It would be a travesty to have the story of the Maccabees told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views."

TMZ also spoke with Rabbi Marvin Hier -- founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center -- who tells us putting Mel Gibson work on a movie about a Jewish hero is "like having a white supremacist portray Martin Luther King Jr."

FYI -- Judah is a central figure in the story of Hanukkah ... as the brave warrior who drove enemies of Judaism out of Jerusalem.

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What You Really Want To See    

Mason: 48 minutes ago
The fact is that this "jewish-hero" doesnt deserve to be played by Mel Gibson. Its pathetic that he has to try to appease the jewish run media just to try to keep himself for being blacklisted for doing nothing more then speaking his heart.
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Where does it say he is playing the role? And what makes you think he is trying to appease the 'unappeasable'? He's been working on this project for years. You're just another ahole with a malfunction in the reasoning section of your brain.

1050 days ago
167.

TMZgossip    

wow
all this blah blah blah about nothing.
movie will to direct to dvd and even the fraus will need to be bribed to buy/ rent it.

1050 days ago
168.

Just Thinking    

How about a win-win solution?
Have Mel play a part in the film that shows the Hero(Judah)
kill Mel's character very graphically in the movie.

1050 days ago
169.

Catnip    

These Jewish leaders are flat out bullies that believe in censorship. Mel has been talking about making this movie for years and good for him on getting it started.

1050 days ago
170.

Mayu    

Some morons just want to see their name on television. Mel Gibson has apologized repeatedly to the Jewish community. I guess Forgiveness is a Christian only policy. Let the man work. If you don't like it, tough titties.

1050 days ago
171.

Anonymous    

If you don't like a movie then do not see it. But if you complain about someone doing a project and employing people in these tough economic times-tough tiddlywinks. Get off your lazy mushy tushy and produce your own version of the movie.

1050 days ago
172.

angeleyes    

Great stories need to be told by someone - If Mel Gibson is the one to tell this one by all means let him do it! We all need to know these stories - I loved Schindlers List - and I need to know this story also - It's not about whatever belief you practise people it's about the history that happened and helping us all understand it - Whatever your belief system - there is something greater than all of us at work here. Whoever you follow there is only one God. remember that!

1050 days ago
173.

Frieda    

I predict he'll get half a billion in the first year :-)

1050 days ago
174.

moloch    

Why dosn't Rabbi Hier use the same venomous tone he uses against Gibson and direct it towards the Palestinians who launch rockets into Isreal? They're a bigger threat to Jews than Gibson...

1050 days ago
175.

Paul    

And racism begets racism

1050 days ago
176.

jayjay    

they all need to move on with their lives and get over the past. Mel is moving on with his. He shouldn't be punished forever for a mistake! What kind of religious people are they? Aren't they supposed to be able to forgive? Can't wait for the movie. It'll will be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!1

1050 days ago
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james ntoumenopoulos    

Mel's actions speak louder than his words...dig around the history of the foul antisemitic things his father has said about holocaust denial....and the fact that Mel will never discuss the rantings of his deceased and venerated father and he will not even apologise for him nor condemn his holocaust denying father...Spielberg must know this no????

James

1049 days ago
178.

SFeldman    

If Mel Gibson was such an anti-Semite, it stands to reason he wouldn't touch the production of such a film or consider portraying an important Jewish historical figure. Things that make you go hmmm...Rabbi Hier, what gives?

1049 days ago
179.

Jack Cook    

Who the hell do thses people think they are demanding anything Boo Hoo sob sob, get over it, the world is over your "Poor Us" hard done by attitude. The arabs have had far worse genocide than you lot ever did. I hope Mel does make it and I hope it a bigger hit than the passion. Then you'll have something to really bleat about. Bigoted idiots

1049 days ago
180.

CelebJustice    

james ntoumenopoulos: 5 hours ago

Mel's actions speak louder than his words...dig around the history of the foul antisemitic things his father has said about holocaust denial....and the fact that Mel will never discuss the rantings of his deceased and venerated father and he will not even apologise for him nor condemn his holocaust denying father...Spielberg must know this no????

James
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Why should Mel apologize for his fathers actions/thoughts/beliefs? Youre post makes no sense.
Tell me, do you apologize to blacks, japanese, american indians, etc for your ancestors actions?
If you want to look at his actions then look at the number of people he employs. The childrens organizations that he supports for the underprivledged worldwide. The numerous charities that he funds in third world countries.
Lastly... you make it sound like an apology will make a difference. Obviously not, the man has already apologized repeatedly yet people continue to hold his words against him. people have forgotten what it means to forgive and look where its gotten our world.

1049 days ago
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