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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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61.

fishy won ton    

why dont the jewry organisations speak out about the porn industry run by jews or the sell out tear down morality reality shows they produce...Bet,MTV...springer,maury,howard stern.

Jews follow the money...we all know it

We will listen soon as you clean up your own backyard first...These rabbis are hypocrites...God demanded us to forgive...and by the way Harvey (jew) levine...the obsession with mel aint working...he has actual real talent and you are doing him a favor with this publicity...

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God...

lets move forward, forgive and follow the commandments.

1038 days ago
62.

Silly TMZ    

No one would be making this movie at all if it wasn't for Mel. And he makes amazing films- Braveheart, Apocolypto, Passion of The Christ...I will definitely watch this if Mel is involved and I've never heard of this Jewish hero.

1038 days ago
63.

middleagedcrazy    

I would like to point out that most folks know the various themes from Handel's Oratorio. Would some odd group protest Handel's take (a German expat in London) because he created a wondrous paen to a great Jewish hero? I think you would all know the tune, if not the full treatment.


'Hail the Conquering Hero'
Beethoven variations:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8ORpFzeJys&feature=related
(cello piano only)


Choral version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-QV6XpzNMs


Such an integral part of our life and culture. Too bad if some narrow-minded bigots would attempt to stop such joy -- also thinking of Hannukah.


Bleah. And Rock On Handel!

1038 days ago
64.

jayjay    

They need to just back off of Mel now! They are the ones who are prejudice against a white, Catholic.It's getting old now! The Passion of the Christ was taken right from the New Testament. It was an awesome movie! I'm sure this movie will be just as awesome!

1038 days ago
65.

kali    

Some tmz people and some groups really need to get over themselves because this is getting old. Holding grudges is not cool or very religious if you ask me.

1038 days ago
66.

Bubba    

Hey ADL and Rabbi Marvin Hier, you're making Jews look far worse than Mel ever could.

1038 days ago
67.

rolf fiesel    

if you came make a movie like Das Boot (which sunk in the movie)... which is not true !!! you can make Judah Maccabee

1038 days ago
68.

sheri    

Mel needs to goooooo

1038 days ago
69.

Carol     

Perhaps Mel is trying to make amends. Have they thought of that?

1038 days ago
70.

char    

A BIGOT IS A BIGOT IS A BIGOT!THIS MOVIE WILL NOT ENDEAR YOU IN THE HEARTS OF THE JEWS!

1038 days ago
71.

manelf    

Big deal
Who wants to see a story about a Jewish cabbie anywho.

1038 days ago
72.

LizFromNYC    

Whatever happened to forgiveness for making a mistake? Is there anyone in this world that has NEVER made a mistake? Religion is about love and forgiveness, whoever is bringing up this issue does NOT have religion and are hypocrites. Gibson is a WONDERFUL actor, and we know he can play this role to the hilt. Forgive his past, and move forward EVERYONE!!!

1038 days ago
73.

PsyCho    

Mel Gibson knows better than this! He knew that they were gonna give im the boot antyway. But with that divorce stuff that he is in, he has to make some money anyway.....

1038 days ago
74.

DirtySouth    

Talk about irony. Warner Bros was started by Jewish brothers. Now they have this anti-Semite and racist helming one of its films? I'm all for free speech; however, I also support adults facing economic consequences when they decide to exercise their free speech, especially at the expense of other groups.

1038 days ago
75.

Rujio    

In the Second Book of Maccabees 12:43-46, it says, "He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.".

In the Catholic Faith this passage helps explain purgatory, our belief that a soul must be purified before it enters heaven. Mel Gibson, being Catholic can surely bring this to light and may be the central reason as to why he chose this particular genre.

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