“They sacked me after US newspapers accused me of an Anti-semitism,” Wael Mansour told Anadolu Agency on Monday.
Wael Mansour, was the actor voice-over the Arabic version of Donald Duck. Being employed from 2006, Wael Mansour has voiced the funny character Donald Duck in its Arabic version of cartoon.
His career of comfort and success fell into the stake last August, when he tweeted statements critical of Israel and Zionists and the occupation of the Arab lands.
“I truly wish #Israel is demolished, I hate Zionism, I have so much hate inside me with every single child they murder or land they seize!” Mansour tweeted.
The tweet followed one that read: “I saw a video of Israeli soldiers brutally arresting a palestinian woman in front of her 3 children coz they seized her home & she objects!”
Mansour responded to some critics by tweeting: “I don’t know why insulting #Israel & #Zionism is “Anti-Semitic”?! They are just a bunch of Polish/ Ethiopian immigrants roughly 70 years old”
and “There are Jews who hate Zionism; does it make them Jews Anti-Jews?! Of course NO! We respect Jews & disrespect Zionism, there’s a difference.”
“At that time, a foreign journalist e-mailed me to ask about the tweet,” Mansour recalled. “I though the issue was over, when my agent told me that the tweet had caused a massive anger.”
A month later the Egyptian has received a phone call from his agent in France, informing him that the grand daughter of Walt Disney, Abigail Disney, was enraged by his tweet. Though he was informed that there will be a common discussion on this issue he was denied of any knowledge of the happenings until December. He learned the company has decided to fire him for his tweet of which he has no regrets.
“I have never felt any regret for the comment, which was shared by more than 9,000 people,” Mansour said. “If I go back on time, I will write the tweet again because I’m free to express my own opinion.”
The Anadolu Agency has not been able to get any immediate comments from the Walt Disney Company.
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