Over 450 Jewish Entertainment Figures Denounce Jonathan Glazer for ‘Drawing a Moral Equivalency’ Between Nazi Regime, Israeli Nation

The Oscar-winning “Zone of Interest” filmmaker came under fire last week for his divisive acceptance speech

Jonathan Glazer attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards
Jonathan Glazer attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards (Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

More than 450 Jewish creatives, executives and other Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing the speech “Zone of Interest” director Jonathan Glazer made while accepting the Oscar for Best International Feature.

Glazer’s speech included comments on Israel-Hamas war and what he said was a misuse of Jewish identity and the history of the Holocaust.

The signees include Debra Messing, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amy Pascal, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Eli Roth and Sherry Lansing. Many of the signees have signed other open letters in support of Israel following the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023.

Many observers have focused on a particular line from Glazer’s speech: “We stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people.” Some have taken that to mean that he was refuting his Jewishness, though “refute” in the statement refers to “being hijacked.”

The group behind the open letter invoked Glazer’s Oscars night language in the open letter with the line, “We refute our Jewishness being hijacked for the purpose of drawing a moral equivalence between a Nazi regime that sought to exterminate a race of people, and an Israeli nation that seeks to avert its own extermination.”

It continues, “The use of words like ‘occupation’ to describe an indigenous Jewish people defending a homeland that dates back thousands of years, and has been recognized as a state by the United Nations, distorts history. It gives credence to the modern blood libel that fuels a growing anti-Jewish hatred around the world, in the United States, and in Hollywood.”

Glazer, however, has received support from other high-profile Hollywood personalities, including applause at the Academy Awards themselves following his speech. Among others, “Poor Things” star Mark Ruffalo enthusiastically applauded. At the same time, the film’s own executive producer Danny Cohen is among those who’ve spoken against Glazer’s comments.

Glazer’s Oscars speech also referred to both the victims of the Hamas attack and of the ongoing Israeli military campaign in Gaza. “Whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization, how do we resist?” Glazer said.

Read the full letter and see those who have signed onto it thus far, below:

We are Jewish creatives, executives and Hollywood professionals.

We refute our Jewishness being hijacked for the purpose of drawing a moral equivalence between a Nazi regime that sought to exterminate a race of people, and an Israeli nation that seeks to avert its own extermination.  

Every civilian death in Gaza is tragic. But Israel is not targeting civilians. It is targeting Hamas. The moment Hamas releases the hostages and surrenders is the moment this heartbreaking war ends. This has been true since the Hamas attacks of October 7th.

The use of words like “occupation” to describe an indigenous Jewish people defending a homeland that dates back thousands of years, and has been recognized as a state by the United Nations, distorts history. 

It gives credence to the modern blood libel that fuels a growing anti-Jewish hatred around the world, in the United States, and in Hollywood.  The current climate of growing antisemitism only underscores the need for the Jewish State of Israel, a place which will always take us in, as no state did during the Holocaust depicted in Mr. Glazer’s film.

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Aaron Fishman – DGA Producer / Director
Adam Berkowitz – Manager/Producer/Strategic Advisor
Adam Friedman – Creative Artists Agency
Adam Goldworm – Manager/Producer
Adam Kulbersh
Adam Newman
Adam Rosenberg
Adam Waltuch – TelevisaUnivision
Alan R. Cohen – WGA
Alex Anhalt – Sugar23
Alex Foster
Alex Horn – Author and Editor
Alex Lebovici – Producer
Alex Litvak – WGA Writer
Alex Meitner
Alida Michql – AEA
Alissa Vradenburg
Aliza J. Sokolow
Allison Lahav
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Alon Aranya
Alyssa Hill – WGA Screenwriter
Amanda Markowitz – SAG/AFTRA, PGA
Amy Engelberg – WGA
Amy Pascal – Producer
Amy Sherman-Palladino – WGA / DGA Writer/director/producer
Amy Straus – WGA Writer
Andrea Barros
Andrea Cayton
Andrew Avner
Andrew Stearn – PGA Producer
Anna April-Ross
Annie Wood – WGA/SAG/AFTRA Actor/Writer/Artist
Ari Ackerman
Ari Arad
Ari Frenkel – SAG Actor / Filmmaker
Ariel Nishli
Ariel Vromen – DGA Filmmaker
Ariella Blejer – WGA
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Barbara Heller – SAG Actor writer producer
Barbara Lazaroff – ASID Commercial designer, restaurateur, businesswoman
Barbie Kligman – WGA
Barry Schkolnick – WGA Writer/Producer/Creator
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Becky Tahel – PGA, SAG-E Producer, Writer, Actress
Ben Cosgrove – CEO, Leviathan Productions
Ben Levin – LINK Entertainment
Ben Mor – DGA Director
Ben Younger – WGA/DGA
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Bess Kargman – DGA Director
Beth Milstein – WGAW Writer
Betsy Borns – WGAW Writer/Producer
Bill Freiberger – WGA Writer
Bob Bookman
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Bonnie Greenberg – Music supervisor/producer/professor
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Brett Gelman – Actor and Writer
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Brian Frazer
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Bruce Goldstein – The Cat in Manhattan
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Carl Schwaber – SAG-AFTRA
Carmi Zlotnik
Carolyn Newman
Caryn Osofsky – SAG SAG actress and director
Chava Floryn – Filmmaker/Actress Twin Rose Media
Chuck Slavin – SAG-AFTRA Actor
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Cory Richman – Manager / Liebman Entertainment
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Daniella Rabbani – SAG AFTRA AEA Actor
Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick – CSA Casting Director
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David Grae – WGA
David Haring
David Kekst
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David Lipper – SAG Actor, writer, director, producer
David N. Weiss – WGA Writer-Director
David Price – TV Academy Executive Producer
David Renzer – Creative Community for Peace
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David Shore – WGAW DGA
David Zabel – WGA
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Dena Waxman – Executive Producer / Writer
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Ellie Kadosh – Actress
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Eric Feig – Entertainment Attorney
Eric Fineman
Eric Tuchman – WGA writer-producer
Estelle Lasher
Esther Netter
Evan Silver – DGA Director / Writer
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Fred Raskin – ACE Film Editor
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Gabriela Tscherniak – DGA Director
Gail Berman – PGA Producer
Gail Goldberg – CSA Casting Director
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Gil Goldschein
Ginette Rhodes – SAG AFTRA AEA
Golan Ramraz – writer/producer
Gregg Simon – DGA Director
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Hank Steinberg – WGA / DGA Writer / Director / Producer
Hannah Louise Shearer – WGAW Writer
Hannah Tuber
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Howard Michael Gould – Writer
Howard Reichman – Producer/director
Iddo Goldberg – SAG Actor
Ilana Wernick – WGA Writer-Producer
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Jacey Stamler – 705 Wardrobe Supervisor
Jack Plotnick – SAG/AFTRA Actor
Jacob Fenton – UTA Agent
Jaime Becker
Jaime Eliezer Karas – DGA
James Beaman – SAG/AFTRA Actor/Writer
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Jason Newman – Manager / Untitled Entertainment
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Jeff Fierson – PGA Producer
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Maisel – WGA Playwright/Screenwriter
Jennifer Shakeshaft – SAG
Jennifer Smith – GMS (Guild Of Music Supervisors) Music Supervisor
Jeremy Aluma – SDC Theatre Director & Producer
Jeremy Drysdale – WGA Screenwriter
Jeremy Elice – Writer
Jeremy Garelick – dga / wga
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Jeremy Goldscheider – Producer
Jeremy Lehrer-Graiwer – WGA Writer
Jeremy Padow – Screenwriter
Jerry Weil – SAG-AFTRA Actor
Jessica Leventhal – WGA
Jessica Switch – PGA Producer
Jill Kargman – WGA/SAG
JJ Adler Dga – Director
Jo LaMond – WGA
Joanie Leeds – Recording Academy
Jodi Fleisher – SAG/Aftra Actor
Jodi Lieberman – Talent Manager
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Joe Weisberg
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Joel H. Cohen – WGA
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Joelle Boucai – WGA
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Jordan Roberts – SAG-AFTRA Actor & Producer, Content Creator
Josh Schaer – WGA TV writer / producer
Josh Silver – Personal manager
Joshua Katz – WGA
Josie Davis – SAG/AFTRA
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Judy Gols – Sag/Aftra, WGA, Actors Equity
Julianna Margulies – SAG-AFTRA Actor
Julie D. Holman – WIFT Independent film, Director, writer, and producer
Justin Arnold – SAG-AFTRA Actor
Kadia Saraf – SAG and WGA-E Actor and Writer
Karen Morse – WGA Screenwriter
Kate Cohen – DGA, PGA Producer/Director
Keetgi Kogan Steinberg – WGA Writer/Producer/Showrunner
Keith Eisner – WGA Showrunner
Ken Hertz – Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk
Keren Hantman – 1st AD
Kevin Asch
Kevin Bright – DGA Producer/Director
Kimberly Wallis- SAG/AFTRA Actor
Kory Lunsford – Producer
Lana Melman – Authors Guild Writer
Lanie Siegel
Laurie Israel – WGA, TAG
Laurie Seidman – Producers Guild Producer
Lawrence Bender- Producer
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Leah Gottfried
Lee Broda – SAG and PGA Producer and actress
Lee Trink
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Leslie Schapira – WGA Writer/Producer
Lev L. Spiro – DGA Director
Limor Gott – Producer
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Liron Artzi
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Lori Alan SAG-AFTRA – Actress/producer/writer
Lorin Green
Loris Kramer Lunsford – Producer
Lynn Harris – PGA:AMPAS Producer
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Mandy Mitchell – Wardrobe Stylist
Marc Guggenheim – WGA, DGA, PGA, Animation Guild Writer/Producer
Marci Liroff – AMPAS Intimacy Coordination
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Montana Tucker
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Nancy Cohen – WGA Writer/Producer
Nancy Spielberg – Producer
Natalie Marciano – President/ Producer
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Rachel Kaplan – PGA
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Rob Lee PGA
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Robert Lantos – PGA Producer
Robert Rovner- WGA Writer/Producer
Robin Lippin – Local 399 and CSA casting director
Robyn Bluestone
Rochel Saks – Manager
Rod Lurie – DGA, WGA
Roger Kumble – WGA
Ron Rappaport – WGA
Ron West- Thruline Entertainment
Rona Geller
Ross Greenberg
Ross Novie – DGA Director / 1st AD
Rosser Goodman – PGA Circle Content
Rotem Alima – Executive Producer
Ryan Guiterman – Writer-Director
Salvador Litvak
Sam Feuer – SAG/AFTRA Actor/Producer
Sam Sandak – WGA Writer / Producer
Sam Wasserman – Producers Guild, Academy of Television Producer
Samantha Ettus – Founder, 2024 New Voices
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Sammy Horowitz – WGA Writer
Samuel Franco – WGA
Sarah Afkami – WGA Writer
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Saul Blinkoff
Scott Kaufman
Scott Levine – DGA Producer
Scott Melrose – Talent Agent
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Seth Fisher
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Seth Rudetsky – Sag/Aftra, WGA East Actor, radio host, writer, musician
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Shani Atias – SAG AFTRA Actress
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Sharona Beck
Shauna Perlman – Agent
Sheer Aviram – Actress / Writer / Director
Shep Rosenman – Attorney
Sherry Lansing – Producer
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Shira Yoram – Producer
Simcha Jacobovici – Filmmaker
Sophie Kargman – DGA Director
Spencer Berman – Producer
Stacey Tenenbaum – CSA
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Stella Evans
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Stephen Levinson – WGA-E
Steven E Gordon – 839 and 800 Director Wild Canary
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Stuart Acher – Director/Writer
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Susan Rovner
Susan Rudick- SAG-AFTRA Actor
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Tamara Becher-Wilkinson – WGA
Tara Strong – SAG/ACTRA Actress
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The news was first reported by Variety.


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