A few days ago I posted about the Gaza documentary Eleven Days in May, narrated by Hollywood actress Kate Winslet. Although I have not seen it, I could already see from the trailer and what is being said that it’s a lie-riddled, anti-Israel propaganda film, plain and simple.
Winslet has now responded to concerns from the Jewish community regarding her involvement:
Speaking to Jewish News, Winslet, who worked with Michael Winterbottom on the 1996 film Jude, said: “Michael invited me to narrate a documentary he was making with the support of Unicef and Oxfam, on the impact of war on children. In this case, the children of Palestine.
“I’ve trusted Michael for over 25 years, so put my faith in him to ensure the final product befitted these admirable humanitarian organisations. The decision seemed simple.
“I did not speak to anyone else involved. I’ve been a supporter of Unicef and Oxfam’s work protecting innocent children for decades and therefore offered my services on a no-fee basis, instead requesting a donation be made to Oxfam.
“That my participation could be interpreted as taking a stand on the rights and wrongs of one of the world’s most tragic and intractable conflicts never entered my thinking. War is a tragedy for all sides. Children have no voice in conflict. I simply wanted to lend them mine.”
The Jewish News is being kind to Winslet with that headline suggesting she was misled. At best, she allowed herself to be misled, at worst she knew exactly what she was doing. After all, her lines themselves include some of the most egregious accusations against Israel.
Anything short of a public apology and regret over her involvement in this propaganda film is meaningless, considering the damage she has caused.