Jews want Gibson out of biblical movie

Updated: Sep 10, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

London: A Jewish rights group has urged Hollywood studio bosses to axe actor Mel Gibson from a proposed biblical drama about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. reports that the Anti-Defamation League feels Gibson does not have "respect and sensitivity for other people`s religious views".

"As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better," the group said.

"It would be a travesty to have the story of the Maccabees told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people`s religious views."

Gibson, 55, is collaborating with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to tell the story of the Jewish warrior who defeated the Greek-Syrian armies in the 2nd century BC and inspired the Hanukkah celebration.