Gal Gadot, the Jewish actress who played Wonder Woman in the recent DC Comics’ film, took a time-out from filming in Washington, D.C., to stop by Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, and visit with the sick kids.
What’s more — she did it in full superhero costume.
Dear @GalGadot– Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my patients and colleagues at #InovaChildrensHospital! Next time, can you align your visit with my call schedule? Love, #SuperFan pic.twitter.com/kmE7CoFRvE
— Patty Seo-Mayer (@PSeoMayer) July 7, 2018
Gadot has drawn fire from the liberal and Muslim apologizing parts of the world for her pro-Israel bent and defense of her Jewish people. For instance, just ahead of her film’s release, Lebanon banned its play in the country because Gadot had spent two years serving in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat trainer.
DC Comics’ Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot shocked kids at a children’s hospital in Virginia with a Friday visit in full superhero costume during a break in filming for her second solo action film.
Gal Gadot was filming near Washington, DC, when she took time to visit the kids at Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, ABC 10 reported.
“Thank you Gal Gadot for visiting us at Inova Children’s Hospital. You are a true Wonder Woman,” Dr. Lucas Collazo said on his Twitter account on Friday. “The kids loved it…and so did the staff.”
Several other hospital staffers excitedly took to social media to express thanks to the actress for a visit that thrilled the kids.
Gadot is filming the second installment of her comic book hero series, this one titled Wonder Woman 1984.
Gadot, who speaks with an Israeli accent, is one of Israel’s top gems.
In other countries, though, she is hated for her Jewish ancestry.
From the Washington Post:
In 2014, Gadot posted on Facebook support of the Israeli army’s actions in Gaza while lighting candles with her daughter and writing “Shabbat Shalom,” the common greeting Jews say to one another on the Sabbath.
Gadot, whose grandfather survived Auschwitz, was born and raised in Rosh Haayin in Israel and was Miss Israel at age 18. In an interview with ABC, Gadot joked that being pregnant as Wonder Woman (she did some shoots when she was five months pregnant) was harder than being in the Israeli army.
Gadot’s role in the film, which grossed $103.3 million domestically and $228.3 million worldwide in its debut, has also resurfaced a debate this week among American Jews over race. In a piece at comicbook.com, Matthew Mueller argued that “Gal Gadot is not actually Caucasian, but is in fact Israeli,” Mueller wrote. Looking white doesn’t mean you are white, Mueller writes, pointing to a column this year from the Times of Israel that said, “conceptualizing Jews as either ‘white’ or just a religion,’ as many of our detractors are wont to do, helps to perpetuate a culture of antisemitism on the anti-racist left.” …
There is a historic range of Jewish subgroups, including Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Ethiopian and more, which raises the question, “So, is Gal Gadot white?” asks Joel Finkelstein in the Forward. “Is she North African/Middle Eastern and Israeli and Jewish and European and white? Is she all six of these things? Or perhaps something else? Who decides whether Jews are white, and what forces guides those decisions? The ambiguity of Jewish ethnicity serves as a perverse weapon in hands hostile to Jewish identity.”
Mark Tseng-Putterman, who is Asian American and Jewish, says the argument that all Jews are people of color by default is out of touch with race in North America, where race was constructed as an outgrowth of slavery and genocide.
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