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January 14, 2016 5:20 pm

‘Harry Potter’ Actor Alan Rickman, Who Directed Controversial Anti-Israel Play, Dies at 69

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Actor Alan Rickman  died from cancer at age 69. Photo: Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Commons.

Actor Alan Rickman died from cancer at age 69. Photo: Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – British film and stage actor Alan Rickman, best known for his roles as villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, died from cancer on Thursday at age 69.

Rickman sparked an Israel-related controversy in 2005 over a play he directed, My Name Is Rachel Corrie, which was based on the diaries and emails of a pro-Palestinian American student activist who was killed in 2003 when she stood in front of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bulldozer to prevent the razing of a building. The IDF claims that Corrie’s death was an accident and that the building the military targeted contained exits to tunnels used for weapons smuggling.

Rickman, whose play garnered criticism from Jewish and pro-Israel groups, told Haaretz in 2007 that he was not trying to make a political statement through the work.

“I never imagined that the play would create such acute controversy,” he said. “Many Jews supported it. The New York producer was Jewish and we held a discussion after every performance….Both Israelis and Palestinians participated in the discussions and there was no shouting in the theater. People simply listened to each other.”

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  • Mary

    So, Palestine doesn’t have the right to exist. Ok, fine, it’seems a very common reaction in your culture. But still. You are all quite pathetic, none of you sound like you do good works, as he did. Nor do you have respect for the dead. Or enough character to feel shame over your words. Sad for you. Think about your life.

  • Wackin Wall

    Gee! Was it painful? Another addition to the archives of dead anti-semites in hell.

  • Robert Weintraub

    I wont miss him

  • E Pluribus Wobat

    Let’s hope he’s rejoined Rachel Corrie in hell.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    I DESPISE that Antisemite and also the author of the ridiculous Harry Potter NONSENSE !!!!

  • The leopard doesn’t change its spots

    The leopard doesn’t change its spots

    An old saying about the germans

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