By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller
Aish Hatorah Resources 

Cleopatra and the Jews


January 7, 2022

Everett Colletion Getty Images/Century Fox Film Corp.

Gal Gadot as Cleopatra.

News that Israeli actress Gal Gadot is to play Cleopatra in a new film has ignited a storm of protests. Critics accuse Gadot of perpetrating "genocide" and cultural appropriation by planning to play the ancient Egyptian queen. A prominent Pakistani journalist blasted "Your country steals Arab land and now you're stealing their movie roles ..." Some are claiming that a Jew cannot play Cleopatra, and the role should go to an African or Arab actress instead.


Cleopatra was a complex figure. Cleopatra VII (there were many Queen Cleopatras in Egypt. The final queen is the most famous) live...

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