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Jenna Ortega off Scream films after co-star targeted for Israel/Gaza views

Jenna Ortega: she’s off the Scream films, but is it really because of a ‘scheduling conflict’ with Wednesday, or because her co-star was fired for pro-Palestine views?

It isn’t just a UK phenomenon, you see.

After Gary Lineker was attacked by pro-Israel social media users for supporting a well-argued claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, it seems Hollywood stars are also being targeted.

Melissa Barrera, a star of the Scream film franchise, was reportedly fired for making pro-Palestine comments and will not appear in the seventh instalment.

It seems that Jenna Ortega, who is currently riding a wave of popularity over her TV show Wednesday – and who also has pro-Palestine views, then quit the series in solidarity with her co-star.

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Alternative reports claim that she dropped out because of a scheduling clash with Wednesday.

Members of the public have been left to make up their own minds:

Also targeted was Hollywood royalty Susan Sarandon – but this is more complicated.

She said Jews in the USA were getting “a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence”.

In response, activists compared her with the Nazis and her talent company, UTA, dropped her:

Let’s listen to some of the other things she has been saying:

It seems possible that she may have misspoken in her other comment; perhaps she was not in possession of the correct statistical information. No doubt we’ll find out.

In the meantime:

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Armistice Day pro-Palestine protest won’t go anywhere near the cenotaph

The Cenotaph: politicians and pundits have whipped up hysteria about a peace march that won’t go anywhere near it. Isn’t that irresponsible?

After all the fuss over the planned Armistice Day pro-Palestine protest in London, it turns out that there is no possibility that the cenotaph will suffer harm.

Here’s the reason:

But still we hear from loonies like this:

High-profile commentators on ‘X’ – this is your spokesman! I hope you’re proud.

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Meanwhile, Transport for London seems to have made arrangements to close down all Tube lines on November 11, with a consequent hit to the economy:

Did the government order this closure?

Will it be reimbursing London’s shops for their lost revenue? (I doubt it.)

May we conclude that saving a piece of rock from a nonexistent threat is more important to the Tory government than the UK’s economy?


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Protesters have their say on Israel/Palestine – and it’s not what we’ve been told

Groundswell: a through-the-window view of Westminster Bridge during the pro-Palestine demonstration.

Props to Not The Andrew Marr Show for putting together video clips of the enormous march in support of Palestine on Saturday (October 28, 2023), and interview footage of the participants.

This Writer saw a post on the social media in which a commentator suggested that one person calling for – it was either Jihad, or the dissolution of Israel – was speaking for all the other participants in the march; around half a million people.

Of course that person wasn’t speaking for the majority. It was a lone voice that the mass media chose to use, because it tarred everybody there with a socially-unacceptable demand.

Well, here’s the other side.

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The information supplied to me with the clip stated: “This footage has been put together to show the views of the clear majority of the population who are not being heard on mainstream media.

“Following Israel’s siege and bombardment of Gaza, over half a million people attended a demonstration in London calling for an immediate ceasefire. This was by far the largest demonstration in support of Palestine.

“It features interviews with protestors as well as speakers including Husam Zomlot, Ismail Patel, Mick Lynch, Matt Wrack, Diane Abbott MP, Richard Burgon MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Zarah Sultana MP, Apsana Begum MP, John Finucane MP, Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini and Jeremy Corbyn MP.”

It’s fairly long – 34 minutes or so – and I would suggest that it is well worth your time; it shows you the real views of people who have been de-humanised, alienated and ‘othered’ by the right-wing pro-Israel press.

Footage from Platform Films (producers of Oh Jeremy Corbyn: The Big Lie and Carlos Soto). Commissioned by Crispin Flintoff.


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If Downing St is worried about ‘from the river’ chant, why not get a court verdict on it, like the Netherlands?

Rishi Sunak: he’s worried again.

There is power in two-line rhyming chants – to sway public opinion, for example – so on the face of it, it isn’t unreasonable for Rishi Sunak to be concerned.

He’s probably worried that it’s encouraging people to support Palestine rather than his Israeli buddies. Hmm… there might be something in that!

So this should be no surprise:

Downing Street has expressed concerns over the chant “from the river to the sea,” describing it as “deeply offensive” to many, amid growing controversy surrounding the rhetoric used in recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it is a matter for the police to decide on the appropriate response when confronted with the use of such chants during public demonstrations.

Leaving it to the police is okay as far as it goes – but suppose they arrest someone, it goes to court, and the judge throws out the charge?

Then, Sunak will have wasted the time of everybody involved – and people like This Writer will be accusing him (rightly) of irresponsibility.

So why not go Dutch?

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By that, I mean he should simply refer the question to the courts in advance, as has happened in the Netherlands:

I reported on it before, here.

Oh, but wait!

The ruling was that the pro-Palestinian slogans … “are subject to various interpretations” and “relate to the state of Israel and possibly to people with Israeli citizenship, but do not relate to Jews because of their race or religion”.

Novara Media article I quoted also stated: “As to the claim that the slogan expresses a desire for Israel’s ‘destruction’, the historian of Palestine Maha Nassar has suggested that this eliminationist interpretation may derive from a post-six-day-war Israeli propaganda campaign that asserted that Palestinians wished to ‘throw Jews into the sea’.”

So the claim that the chant is anti-Semitic may be nothing more than Israeli propaganda?

I’d call that interesting.

Sunak, with his vested interest in supporting Israel, might have another word for it. That may be why he hasn’t taken the matter to the courts.

Source: Chant ‘from the river to the sea’ deeply offensive to many, says Downing Street


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