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Claim: Angelina Jolie said she hates Israel and wants "those people" eradicated.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2007]
Origins: The unsigned e-mail (which began circulating online in July 2007) advances a number of claims: that actress Angelina Jolie looks up to Europeans, wants "those people" (Israelis and/or Jews) eradicated, restricts and/or dictates press coverage of her, is not thought too highly of by her father, and hates American troublemakers, the U.S. Government, and Israel.
Of these many claims, we'll start with the ones we've so far found no support for. Nothing in any of the news stories we've examined has Jolie saying anything that could be construed as an expression of her hating Israel, the
However, two of the poison pen letter's claims do have some meat on the bone: Jolie's attempt to dictate press coverage, and her father's having uttered over the years some highly unflattering assessments of his daughter.
In the ramp-up towards the June 2007 premiere of A Mighty Heart (a movie in which Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl), Jolie's lawyers tried to strong-arm journalists into signing a contract before they could interview the actress for the film's publicity drive. The document said they could not ask Jolie any personal questions and that the interview
Jolie subsequently claimed she had not authorized the contract or even reviewed it, that she had instead thought the document reporters were being given was a memo asking them to try to stay focused on the movie rather than sliding off into asking questions about her personal life. Said the actress on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, "But it was not mandatory ... I didn't put it out there. It was from my representatives trying to be protective of me. But it was excessive and I wouldn't have put it out there." Her lawyer, Robert Offer, also told the New York Times that Jolie had not been aware of the contract he'd drafted, that it was something he'd done on his own initiative, and that he'd been "overzealous" and "bone-headed."
As to whether Jolie's staff had tried to bar Fox journalists from covering the film's premiere, a spokeswoman for the film's distributor says Jolie never requested Fox News be specifically banned from the red carpet, and that the network's initial failure to get a spot was "an omission."
Regarding Jolie's relations with her father, actor Jon Voight (not "Hoyt," as the
Father and daughter had been estranged before that interview, and that state of affairs continues to this day. The January 2007 death of Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie's mother, may serve as impetus to break the impasse, in that Jolie has subsequently been heard to make noises about wanting to
Barbara "jolie roger" Mikkelson
Last updated: 8 August 2007
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