The Times of Israel reports: American film star and television host Morgan Freeman removed the word “Israel” from a photo taken in Jerusalem, after a Facebook post received torrents of criticism from anti-Israeli activists.
Freeman visited Israel in October to film an episode of National Geographic’s “The Story of God,” a series that charts the deity’s role in world culture. On April 12 he posted a picture from the Holy City with the title “Jerusalem, Israel,” as part of the promotion for the show.
As has become commonplace in such cases, the post quickly turned into a battleground between supporters and detractors of the Jewish state. Pro-Israelis congratulated the actor on his visit to the country, while pro-Palestinian activists criticized the photo, or urged him to recognize the city as Palestinian.
The controversy was apparently a bit much for Freeman — or those who run his social media accounts — and the word “Israel” was promptly dropped from the caption.
A similar incident occurred recently with martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme, who in March faced a wave of angry comments when he posted a photo of himself on Facebook with the caption “Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel!”
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