Top 2016 OSCAR nominees turned down an all-expenses paid luxury trip for two to Israel after being hounded by pro-Hamas groups. Yet they continue to call Donald Trump, a proven supporter of the Jewish state, an “antisemite.”
Israel Today Of the 26 leading candidates to win an Academy Award last year, none chose to exercise the offer by the Ministry of Tourism to enjoy a free upscale vacation in Israel. According to the company that gives the special gift bags to Oscar nominees, the only Hollywood star to make any use of the Israeli gift card was Jennifer Lawrence, who gave it to her parents. Some, like British actor Mark Rylance, star of the movie “Bridge of Spies,” openly rejected the Israeli offer.
Among the groups pressuring celebrities to NOT visit Israel are far left Jewish organizations like the virulently anti-Israel and misnamed “Jewish Voice for Peace,” which warned Hollywood stars that by visiting Israel they would be identifying with the “occupation of Palestine.”
With the 2017 Oscars just around the corner, pro-Hamas/Palestinian Authority groups told AFP that the failure of the Israeli gift card last year was due to their pressure on Hollywood stars to boycott the Jewish state.
The Oscar gift bags contain about $200,000 worth of gifts. Valued at $55,000, the Israeli officer of first class airfare, 5-star accommodations and culinary experiences for two is one of the more expensive offerings.
Pro-Muslim activists have accused Israel of using the expensive gifts to trick Hollywood stars into photo-ops that would benefit the Jewish state. They have urged the celebrities to shun Israel.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has been condemned by many in Hollywood and around the world for being the spokesperson for Israeli Company ‘Soda Stream.’
On the other hand, Hollywood actors like Jon Voight, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone, Minnie Driver, and Roseanne Barr are strong supporters of the Jewish state and are among those who have signed a pro-Israel/anti-Hamas petition saying “Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage.” It came after other celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Selena Gomez criticised Israel’s response to the rocket attacks.
Or is this just her latest attempt to get media attention for her moribund career? After wiping out her Instagram and Twitter accounts, actress Lindsay Lohan sent a message to her followers that appears to indicate she has converted to Islam.
MILO Below is Lohan’s Instagram account with all of her posts deleted. Her bio is written in Arabic and translates to ‘Peace be upon you’ a common greeting among Muslims.
A spokesman for Lindsay Lohan stated that contrary to rumors, the controversial actress was not intoxicated when she was seen face down on the ground. Her spokesman said she was on the ground in that position, because she recently converted to Islam and was praying outside of a trendy nightclub she just left.
Although the possibility of Lohan converting to Islam may seem shocking, the actress has given hints of her interest in Islam over the past two years.
In fact, Lohan was first introduced to the Quran by Saudi friends in London and expressed profound changes in her life while reading it. ‘It opened doors for me to experience spiritually, to find another true meaning. This is who I am.’
The actress also decided to move her production company to Dubai last year, which those around her refer to as a ‘period of renewal’.