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Jewish Entertainer’s Book Signing Called Off Over Antisemitic Threats

“Stranger Things” star Brett Gelman has had two stops on his book tour vanish.

Bookstores in California and Illinois scuttled scheduled events featuring the 47-year-old comedian due to harassment and intimidation from antisemitic and anti-Israel protesters, he alleges.

The Jewish actor will no longer have the chance to promote his fiction debut at Book Passage in San Francisco and The Book Stall in Winnetka. Gelman had been set to appear at the venues as part of a four-city tour for his forthcoming short story collection, “The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: Nearly True Stories.

“The bookstores canceled because of protester intimidation,” Gelman, who portrayed Murray Bauman on the Netflix hit, told The Post. “I didn’t get a lot of specifics … [but] I definitely believe it’s because of my vocal support of Israel and because of the fact that I’m Jewish. I think that this is a completely antisemitic act.”

Gelman, who learned of the cancellations through his rep, said he now fears for his safety, but won’t be threatened into silence. Two other planned appearances on the book tour – New York on March 18 and West Hollywood on March 27 – remain unchanged as of Friday.

“I mean, I won’t be surprised if they encounter the same type of intimidation, but I hope those two venues don’t feel it’s necessary to cancel the events,” Gelman said.

An employee at The Book Stall confirmed Gelman’s appearance had been canceled, but declined to provide additional information. Messages seeking comment from Book Passage in San Francisco were not returned Friday.

Source: https://nypost.com/2024/02/09/news/stranger-things-star-brett-gelman-book-signing-canceled/