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Israeli Jews Furious at Natalie Portman Filming in Ultra-Orthodox Area

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News that Natalie Portman's production company acquired the film rights to Amos Oz's autobiographical A Tale of Love and Darkness for her directorial debut was initially met with much excitement. But now that filming has begun in an ultra-Orthodox-populated section in Jerusalem, it looks like the locals are causing quite the stir.

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The ultra-Orthodox residents of the Nahlaot neighborhood wrote a letter to the Jerusalem Municipality, who had cleared Portman for filming, airing their concerns and complaints to the filming, as they were not approached to endorse the scenes themselves:

"The scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don't offend anybody's sensitivities..."

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While some protesters have apparently sprayed graffiti, decrying the "foreign invasion," the municipality is working to conciliate the ultra-Orthodox objectors while also promoting a diverse culture in Jerusalem. Have fun kids.

Image via AP.

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kenneththesecond
PC Principal

wait but Natalie Portman was born in Israel, yes? and her family is Jewish? I don't understand! Someone explain for me please.