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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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46.

paigehop    

and, okay, so Mel making this movie feels a little weird and, who knows, maybe self-serving, so what? He's spotlighting Jewish history. Why certain groups shoot themselves in the feet due to pride and bigotry, is beyond me.

1105 days ago
47.

cali    

Mel does not discriminate, he hates all religions. He even rewrote the Catholic religion for Mel’s Church

1105 days ago
48.

Kathy    

wow..the forgivenenss is awesome.

Jeez...ya say one thing and it's supposed to bite you back forever? Child molestors get off easier than that...

1105 days ago
49.

janet    

Gee, what a surprise.

1105 days ago
50.

David    

This is why we have no peace. Forgive or hold onto stupid hate? Hating him is as ignorant as him hating Jews. I am a Jew and found no offense from his past. HIS PAST. Living in the past fires ignorance. He was brought up and conditioned that way as are many jews conditioned to hate arabs who have done nothing to them or their families. Words are just words. If they infect and affect then maybe one should look at how insecure ones ego is.

1105 days ago
51.

Rob    

Mel just keeps trying to BUY public favor. He thinks he can BUY the Jewish people with this movie? Like he tried to buy justice after he bashed his child's mother's face? Yeah I think someone Jewish ought to do a movie about Mel and his racist father. Nice blunder Mel. Really you think we will forgive your violence, hatred and ego maniac ways by doing this movie? Try giving up booze, whores, cigs and bashing women for a few years, then make a great family movie that doesn't involve your EGO...

1105 days ago
52.

sparced    

jewish organizations continue the hate. Why not have some forgiveness or work with Mel Gibson to resolve your differences?

we don't even know if mel gibson is even in the movie.

The amusing thing here is that this movie is going to be canceled the minute Mel Gibson is out of the picture.

1105 days ago
53.

Mork12    

In 1958 there was a big budget Hollywood film released called "The Vikings". The starring roles went to the Ukrainian and Hungarian Jews, Issur Danielovitch and Bernard Schwartz, (Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis), there was no uproar.
In the Following 50 years, Hollywood has gone on to butcher folklore, tales and epics of every culture imaginable.
So now that the ADL feigns outrage, we are supposed to believe that Hollywood is actually going to start to give a care?

1105 days ago
54.

Rob    

Knowing Mel he has likely owned the rights to this script for the last 20 years and only so it won't be made. Someone just recently found out that was Jewish and wanted to make it themselves I bet... and can't believe Mel has his hands on it.

1105 days ago
55.

dd    

Mel back off it's a drama not a comedy...

1105 days ago
56.

DrBondTV    

It's a brilliant move by Warner Bros. Nothing else needs to be said on the matter. Remember, forgiveness means to forget. Mel Gibson will do an incredible job.

1105 days ago
57.

kp    

This guy makes my skin crawl, he hates blacks, gays and jews so why would any one work with this guy or pay the ticket price of a movie to see this douche bag? Oh that's right he said he was SORRY for the things he said.

1105 days ago
58.

Prince Von A-Hole    

I thought 1 of the biggest rules of all religions was forgiveness.

1105 days ago
59.

ChunkyLightning    

Yeah it's stupid this guy is going this route but the reaction makes no sense either. A Jewish hero maybe but any person who drove out the enemies of Judaism obviously was bad for other people. You can't declare war on people for their good. It's like the garbage the goverment says about the current wars. The truth is they want to make decisions and tell people how things should be done. You can tell the difference between helping someone and being power hungry by the method.
About the only religion that can say it does good is the Mennonites who left Germany refusing to take part in a war went to North America refused to fight in any of their wars then some left Canada for Mexico and South America when the government told them they had to teach their kids certain things. They have never fought for a homeland left thousands of years before or led a crusade against a place they are only related through religion never having a relative stand in that part of the country since humans as a whole left Africa.

1105 days ago
60.

bunny    

Can somebody really boot somebody from a project they made?

1105 days ago
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