Morgan Freeman Strikes ‘Israel’ From Post Amid Criticism

Morgan Freeman attends National Geographic "The Story Of God" With Morgan Freeman World Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 21, 2016 in New York City.
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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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