Publicist: ‘Meg Ryan Never Participated in Any Boycott Against Israel’

May 22, 2013 8:30 am 4 comments

Actress Meg Ryan. Photo: Wikipedia.

The publicist of actress Meg Ryan, has flatly denied that the star has ever boycotted Israel. The formal denial comes just over two weeks after the Toronto Star published a report claiming that the 51 year old celebrity was among those who “have refused to perform in Israel in recent years as part of an effort to promote the Palestinian cause.”

“That report is untrue. Meg Ryan never participated in any boycott against Israel,” wrote Stephen Huvane of Slate PR in an email correspondence seen by The Algemeiner.

Asked about the reported cancellation of a 2010 trip to Israel to participate in the Jerusalem Film Festival. Huvane wrote, “I am her publicist and I am not aware of her committing to the Jerusalem Film Festival.  She may have been invited although I don’t have record of that but we never committed to attending.”

The denial was prompted by an inquiry from CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, an eagle eyed media watchdog group that only days earlier prompted the Star, Canada’s highest circulation newspaper as of 2011 to issue an apology for claiming that actor Bruce Willis was also among those that have boycotted the Jewish state in a May 8th article.

“Celebrities from around the world have refused to perform in Israel in recent years as part of an effort to promote the Palestinian cause, including musicians Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder, and Hollywood actors Bruce Willis and Meg Ryan,” wrote the paper in a report about physicist Steven Hawking’s boycott of the the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference.

“Reporter Raveena Aulakh mistakenly included Willis among celebrities who support the pro-Palestinian boycott movement after seeing his name in a number of other online media and blog reports about the boycott,” wrote the paper’s public editor Kathy English on Friday.

“That erroneous information about Willis continues to circulate in the echo chamber of the Internet where a false claim from a biased source can easily become a ‘fact’ amplified many times over to the point that journalists no longer think to verify it, as was seemingly the case here,” English continued.

On its blog, CAMERA adds that is has identified yet another mistake in the report that it is seeking to correct.

“In addition, we informed the Star that the claim that Stevie Wonder had ‘refused to perform in Israel’ is also inaccurate. In fact, as reported for instance in New York Times and Reuters, Mr. Wonder backed out of a Friends of the Israel Defence Forces benefit concert in Los Angeles,” CAMERA analyst Tamar Sternthal writes.

The public editor of the Toronto Star could not immediately be reached by The Algemeiner for comment.

4 Comments

  • Jill Schaeffer

    Giving into a knee jerk reaction to oppression tugs at every sinew between foot, knee and thigh in Americans. We don’t like it, we never like it, especially when it is demonstrated that we are often oppressors ourselves. But that knee jerk reaction becomes dangerous when people who mean well do harm because they haven’t done their homework. They fail to compare and contrast, measure and not classify. In short, they don’t think about what they’re doing, only that they’re doing something, whatever it is.

    When artists show their support for one cause over another, or one group over and against another, it looks like justice and, perhaps, sometimes it is an act of justice but only after you do the work. To boycott Israel or refuse to perform there shows, at the very least, an unwillingness to do that homework. There is no resemblance between the apartheid regime in South Africa and differences between the territories and Israel. In fact, if I really wanted to push the envelope, a separate Palestinian state lies more in the realm of Bantustans supported at one time by the chief of the Zulus, Gotcha Buthelezi, a crony of Margaret Thatcher. Is that what the Palestinians want?

    Well, no. What they want is the aftermath of the fall of Apartheid in South Africa: one nation under the ANC or, one nation, under the PA (or whatever group slaughters its way to the top). Perhaps if the Palestinians can yell consistently and loudly that Israel promotes apartheid and is not or should not be an independent state (learning from Hitler that if you tell a big lie long enough people will believe it), they will get what they want: one State under the PA (or whatever……comes out on top).

    Ahem: To Stephen Hawking whom I admire tremendously and to other artists and scientists who seek justice. Do your homework, then act. No knee jerk reactions, please. The world can’t really sustain them. Democracy has become a precarious option just about everywhere. We do have to fight for it, you know. It was never popular and certainly is not a favorite in the West Bank or in Gaza.

    Cheers, I think.

  • Before any more “artists” (I use the term because that’s what they call themselves, as in: I is a artis’, yaknowhudimeanz?) refuse to perform for Jewish charities and/or other Jewish sponsored affairs, let’s make sure that they are informed that breaking a contract to perform means they are automatically on our “sh– list” and will never be invited again. These people have the mistaken idea that as “artists” they are in control.

    Well, they AIN’T “artists”and they AIN’T IN control of nuthin!
    …and it’ll be one helluva long time before they hear from us again!!

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  • Her publicist already denied this story back in 2010!! So why bother to ask him about this again? Because some journalists and websites were foolish enough to take over flawed reports without investigating it?

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