At a time when a number of actors have begun to evade Israel’s narrative about the war on Gaza, actress Gal Gadot – the heroine of the movie “Wonder Woman” – is taking on the promotion of Tel Aviv’s position in Hollywood, despite being subjected to criticism.
Gadot organized a 47-minute show filmed from the battles on October 7, 2023 in the American city of Los Angeles, and invited 120 major Hollywood celebrities, including actors, actresses, producers, and executives, to attend.
“Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Varsano, helped make this happen,” revealed Oscar-winning director Guy Native, who led the initiative.
Gadot did not attend the event that she organized, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The square outside the Museum of Tolerance, which witnessed the show, witnessed clashes between different groups, in the presence of a number of Israeli officials, led by Tel Aviv’s ambassador to America, Michael Herzog.
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Recalling the Holocaust
“As a filmmaker, I swore that the images of October 7 would be unforgettable, and the world would see them,” US-based Israeli director Guy Nattiv, who is co-organizing with Gadot, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Nattiv justified the guests’ desire to conceal their names, saying, “They are people with cinematic experience, so we can show them this crazy document that reminds us of the films that were produced about the Holocaust.”
The plan is to initially hold one show for 120 spectators, with the possibility of more shows depending on the success of the first show.
The Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, arranged a similar video screening for a selected audience, including ambassadors and high-ranking diplomats.
Gadot leads the campaign to demand the release of prisoners
Since the outbreak of the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, it has been leading Gadot – who served in the Israeli army as a sergeant between 2005 and 2007 – launched the “Release the Hostages” campaign on the “X” website – formerly “Twitter” – using pictures of Israeli prisoners surrounded by their families.
Some pages on social media also promoted a rumor that Gadot joined the Israeli army to participate in the war on Gaza, but the army page denied it.
The Israeli actress joined a number of Hollywood stars in signing a letter to US President Joe Biden demanding the release of prisoners held by Hamas.
The message was submitted at the initiative of a non-profit organization called “Creative Community for Peace”, with the participation of Chris Pine, Amy Schumer, Mark Hamill, and Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as Michael Douglas, Bella Thorne, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sarah Silverman.
Support for the Israeli narrative has declined
Although both Jamie Lee Curtis and Sarah Silverman have been among the most vocal and staunch supporters of Israel since October 7, 2023 through their Instagram accounts, things seem to have changed later due to the horror of the massacres committed by Israel.
American actress Curtis completely stopped supporting Tel Aviv, and published a leaflet calling for an end to the bombing, accompanied by flags indicating each word, its intended meaning, and who is responsible for it.
As for the American comedian Silverman, who comes from a Jewish family, she completely stopped mentioning anything about the war on Gaza, and then a few days ago she stopped commenting on her videos after Israel’s supporters accused her of neglect and betrayal, while Gaza activists demand that she take a clear position on the occupation and its crimes.
Portman and Israel’s racism
On the other hand, Israeli actress Natalie Portman called for the release of prisoners held by Hamas, without showing any support for the Israeli army.
Portman previously criticized the “Jewish State” law, and described the Israeli nation-state law in a press interview as “racist.”
In April 2018, Portman withdrew from an awards ceremony in Jerusalem.
The actress, who originally accepted the award, later said she was not prepared to attend because she “did not want to appear as a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
She said, in a post on Instagram, that “like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can criticize the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation.”
She concluded, “I value my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, film, and dance, but the mistreatment of those who suffer from the atrocities committed today simply does not align with my Jewish values.”