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Mason drops lawsuit

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2006-12-08

Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason

Veteran US comedian Jackie Mason has dropped a $2 million lawsuit against missionary group Jews For Jesus in return for an apology from the organisation.being handed out in New York, with his image alongside the words, 'Jackie Mason... A Jew For Jesus'.

The funnyman appeared in a New York court to accept a full apology from executive director David Brickner.

A statement from Brickner read that in "the interests of peace and love for Israel", he wanted to "convey my sincere apologies for any distress that you felt over our tract".

But Mason says, "There's no such thing as a Jew For Jesus. It's like saying a black man is for the KKK. "You can't be a table and a chair. You're either a Jew or a gentile."

In August 2006, Mason said, "While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith, the fact is, as everyone knows, I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami." In court papers filed in New York that month, Mason stated, "The pamphlet uses my name, my likeness, my 'shtick' (if you will), and my very act, which is derived from my personality, to attract attention and converts.”