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Dustin Hoffman – Latest Jew to Give Israel-Hater an Award

Dustin Hoffman is giving an award to the maker of a documentary which, according to an IDF membership group, "was edited clip after clip, shot after shot, to the point where it has no connection to reality," in order to make Israelis look bad. The organization hosting the award ceremony is the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Dustin Hoffman to present Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award to anti-Israel film, "5 Broken Cameras" April 27, 2013

Dustin Hoffman to present Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award to anti-Israel film, "5 Broken Cameras" April 27, 2013

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America’s favorite serious Jewish actor for much of the 1960′s and ’70′s, Dustin Hoffman, is about to present an award to a filmmaker at an event put on by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

The recipient of the award is a professional Israel hater, and MPAC is led by someone who publicly suggested Israel was to blame for 9/11 and who advocates for the removal of Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from the American terrorism list.  With Jews like Dustin Hoffman, who needs enemies?

This Saturday, April 27, Dustin Hoffman will appear at MPAC’s Media Award Gala in Los Angeles to present MPAC’s Media Award to the anti-Israel film “5 Broken Cameras.”  According to MPAC, Hoffman is a “supporter of the documentary.”

The objective of  “5 Broken Cameras,” like that of so many Pallywood videos, is to portray Arabs as the innocent victims of the rapacious Israel.  This movie began as video clips of the protests that were submitted as “evidence” to Israeli courts and handed over to be used by mainstream media to show the sad plight of the Arabs.  The videos which then became this movie were taken and put together by someone participating on one side of a propaganda war, and not by an objective film maker seeking to document reality – as is the role of documentaries – that fact should have sounded alarm bells for a professional actor of Hoffman’s stature.

In his very first film, “The Graduate,” (1967), Hoffman played a recent college graduate whose parents expect him to do great things, but who was stuck in an emotional and motivational dead zone.  His character, Benjamin Braddock, is turned off by the plastic values of his parents’ generation, but has no passion or interests to replace them.  And so he is portrayed floating in his parents’ swimming pool, suspended below the water, cocooned in indifference, pondering the bizarre lecture given to him by a family friend about “plastics.”

Over the course of his career, Hoffman’s extraordinary roles included the disabled homeless vet Ratzo Rizzo, in “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), the highly talented yet self-destructive break-through comedian Lenny Bruce in “Lenny” (1974).  Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying a newly divorced father painfully attempting to know his young son in “Kramer v. Kramer” (1979), and was nominated for an Oscar for playing the opportunistically gender-bending actor/actress title role in “Tootsie!” (1982).

Hoffman’s stature as a great actor continued into the late 1980′s – he was riveting as an autistic man, Raymond Babbit, in “Rain Main,” for which he won his second Oscar (1988).  Hoffman’s movie roles have become more sporadic and less artistically and financially successful in recent years.

Perhaps that explains why he was willing to be used as the latest in a long series of Jewish “fig leaves,” for anti-Israel projects.  There seems to be no other reason why the Muslim Public Affairs Council would call upon Hoffman to present an award for a documentary film which portrays Israel in the worst possible light, with no balance or nuance.

Hoffman has never been involved in Middle East issues or interests – other than co-starring in a disastrous film set in Morocco. “Ishtar” (1987) was described in London’s Time Out as “so bad it could almost have been deliberate.”

There had been a rumor – which caught fire and remains rampant on the Internet – that Hoffman snubbed Israel and pulled out of appearing at a Jerusalem Film Festival in 2010 in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident. However, Yigal Molad Hayo, the associate director of the Cinematheque at which the festival takes place, was quoted in an article in the Jewish Chronicle that the account had not been accurate, and the discussions with Hoffman had not progressed even before the Mavi Marmara incident.

It isn’t hard to imagine why the Muslim Public Affairs Council would want a famous Jewish actor to give them the kosher certification of acceptability (“Dustin Hoffman, the famous Jewish actor, hangs out with us, we must be fine” is the not-so-subtle message). But why would Hoffman agree to participate?

Hoffman is someone whose Jewishness seems to have played very little role in his life other than as a trigger to anti-Semitic bullies, and the fact that his height, his nose, his nasal voice and his plucky, outsider roles are all stereotypically Jewish.  Hoffman recently spoke about the complete absence of anything Jewish in his life growing up.  He did not become a bar mitzvah and he never learned any Hebrew.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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39 Responses to “Dustin Hoffman – Latest Jew to Give Israel-Hater an Award”

  1. Unfortunately, Jews like Hoffman left their Jewish values in the garbage together with the remnants of the wrapping paper of their Bar Mitzvah gifts.

  2. Ian D Denyer says:

    Hmmm… Sounds like the film itself is seriously flawed, but while "Israelis are very bad, they violently wrest away the land and the dignity from the poor victimized Arab Palestinians" is indeed not the whole story, it's certainly a pretty good summary of Israel over the last 20 years..

  3. Patricia Philippou says:

    Goodness, what vindictive, racist mean spirited people. Enough of loving "Israel and the Jewish people". How about loving human beings, justice and peace for all, not just one religious club? The indigenous Semitic Palestinian people are occupied by the 4th largest military in our world. The native Palestinian people do not even have an army to protect them from the occupying military. If you people think Israel's actions are so fine and dandy, would you be OK if the situation were reversed and a militarily strong Palestine were occupying Israel, stealing alnd and water from it, imprisoning Israelis behind an illegal monstrous wall and dropping white phosphorus bombs on the trapped people behind the wall? The worldwide BDS movement is growing and indicative of the fact that the world is waking up after decades of Israel's war crimes.

  4. Patricia Philippou says:

    AND, the personal attacks on Dustin Hoffman serve to show what type of people support a state that commits war crimes. It is par the course for Zionists to attack the person rather than deal with the issues. So, I fully expect to be personally attacked rather have the issues discussed objectively…prove me wrong!

  5. if you carry on spraying your venom miss lori & co nobody would have to do it for you for tell the thru so thank you messieurs hoffman you a great man, fanatic will not succeed in the end.

  6. Yes the anti-Sionist :)

  7. Esfir Ross says:

    This was an official position of the Soviet Government towards differently minded. Anyone blacklisted as one of them would sooner or later land in a mental institution. Bravo gentlemen! Remarkable progress in mentality of" free-minded" individuals on this page.

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