Jonathan Glazer (right) accepts the Oscar for Best International Feature Film “The Zone of Interest” at the Oscars last month./ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES

Letter: Glazer’s Oscar speech was off-base

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Letter: Glazer’s Oscar speech was off-base

Jonathan Glazer (right) accepts the Oscar for Best International Feature Film “The Zone of Interest” at the Oscars last month./ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES

I am an ordinary person – a British Jew. I have been living in the U.S. for about 30 years. I have heard people condemn the Oscars saying they would never watch the show. For myself, I have nothing against the Oscars. The people who win Oscars are very hard-working in entertainment and they deserve what they win as a rule.

What I do care vehemently about is a British Jewish Oscar winner – namely Jonathan Glazer – who most disrespectfully and disgustingly refuted his Jewishness at this year’s Oscars and compared Israelis to Nazis. Whilst a person might disagree with the policies of the Israeli government, Glazer’s choice to pepper his Oscar speech with denigrations of Israel was a disaster.

Jonathan Glazer can refute what he likes – but he is conflating his own Jewishness with a country that is fighting for its existence. A tiny country that was brutally attacked on Oct. 7 whereby hundreds of hostages have been held captive for six months thus far. As we speak, female Israeli hostages are being raped by Hamas.

Jonathan Glazer will not be approved of by many if not by most Jews – he has refuted his Jewishness publicly – not only is that stupid, but ridiculous. Whether one agrees with the Israeli government or not, the policies of the Israeli government have nothing to do with Nazis or Glazer’s Jewishness. His movie may have deserved an Oscar – that’s debatable – but equating Israel with Nazis makes that Oscar worthy of being rescinded. Israel would be the only country who would take Glazer in as a Jew if ever need be, but what he deserves is to be refused entry to Israel.

Andrea J Russell, Pasadena, CA

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