Actress Gal Gadot voiced her opposition on Tuesday to the Labor Party's use of her photo for an election campaign advertisement without her consent.
Gadot's representatives said they "view this with severity" and will reiterate their demand to the party to remove the image. "Gal Gadot has never participated in any political campaign," they added.
The Labor Party, headed by Avi Gabbay, ran an ad on social media featuring photos of Gadot with five other Israeli actresses and actors: Rotem Sela, Galit Gutman, Shlomit Malka, Assi Azar and Aviv Geffen. Azar also tweeted that he hadn’t given his permission to the party to use his picture.
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The campaign ad in question reads, “We need another Rotem Sela,” referring to the uproar following an Instagram post by Sela on Saturday night in which she wrote, “All people are born equal. Arabs too, heaven help us.”
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The remark followed an interview Culture Minister Miri Regev gave on “Meet the Press,” in which she warned that if Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid's slate, Kahol Lavan, wins the elections, it will create a coalition with Arab-majority parties.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebutted Sela's comments in an Instagram post of his own, claiming that he had an “important correction” to make – “Israel is not a state for all its citizens.” It is, he wrote, "the nation-state of the Jewish people – and the Jewish people only.”
Sela’s friends rallied around her, including Gadot, Azar, Malka, Gutman and Mia Dagan.
“Love thy neighbor as thyself,” Gadot wrote to her 28.2 million Instagram followers. “This isn’t a matter of right or left, Jewish or Arab, secular or religious. It’s a matter of dialog, of discussing peace and equality and our tolerance toward one another. The responsibility for sowing hope and light for a better future for our children is ours. Rotem, sister, you are an inspiration to us all.”
It was a rare comment by the “Wonder Woman” star, who has remained vague about her political opinions since moving to Hollywood.