Today, Agence France-Presse falsely reported that rock star Lenny Kravitz had canceled a planned visit to Israel in support of the anti-Israel boycott movement.
As CAMERA’s Tamar Sternthal writes: “In a second questionable claim, AFP also reports ‘Other [boycott] ‘successes’ include Adidas dropping its sponsorship of the Jerusalem marathon in March after pressure from the movement.’ Extensive searches did not term up substantiation of the claim that Adidas dropped its sponsorship of the March 2013 marathon due to pressure from the anti-Israel campaign. As was widely reported, Adidas was a sponsor of the 2012 Jerusalem marathon, prompting Arab boycott calls. Yet, Adidas has not given any indication that the company is not a sponsor this year due to Arab pressure. CAMERA has contacted Adidas spokespeople seeking confirmation, and we will inform our readers of any response.”
Just over one week after CAMERA prompted a commendable correction at the Toronto Star stating that actor Bruce Willis never boycotted Israel, on Friday the paper set the record straight about another celebrity. Following urging from CAMERA, editors clarified on May 24 that Meg “Ryan has never boycotted Israel.” Read more about this here. On another note, Robert De Niro is visiting Israel in June to take part in the birthday celebrations of President Shimon Peres.
By Gilad Skolnick