Golden Globes voter expelled after declaring Hollywood a 'Zionist stronghold'

Film critic Howaida Hamdy has been accused of peddling 'anti-Jewish bigotry'


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Gold House Executive Director Jeremy Tran, RespectAbility VP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media Lauren Appelbaum, SVP of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Kyle Bowser, HFPA President Helen Hoehne, HFPA Chief Diversity Officer Neil Phillips, and IllumiNative's Bird Runningwater speak onstage during the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 09, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

The Golden Globes has expelled an Egyptian journalist from its voting body over allegedly antisemitic social media posts.

Film critic Howaida Hamdy has claimed that Hollywood is a Zionist “stronghold” with most films "orientated" in this group's favour.

She was accused last month by media monitoring service Camera of “glorifying terrorism” and peddling “anti-Jewish bigotry” based on an analysis of her Arabic-language writing. 

In a 2013 tweet, she wrote: "Hollywood is the Zionists’ stronghold anyhow, with most films oriented and biased."

Discussing Hamdy’s reviews of a Palestinian film, Camera wrote: “In Arabic, Hamdy criticised the allegedly negative portrayal of ‘resistance’ ‘warriors’ who originally intended to murder as many Jewish civilians as possible in the heart of Tel Aviv and lionised the ‘martyrdom-seeking operations’ aimed at ‘defending a stole homeland. 

“In contrast, her English review of Huda's Salon, written for Golden Globe readers just weeks after her Arabic paean to Palestinian terrorism, was devoid of any sentimentalism for terrorism.”

The Golden Globes launched an investigation into Hamdy following Camera's report, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Egyptian journalist was added to the leading award body in 2021 after controversy over the association’s perceived lack of diversity. 

Hamdy could not be reached for comment.

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