Jewish groups have called for Oscar-winner Mel Gibson to be ostracised from Hollywood and investigated for any breach of race hate laws after his drunken anti-Semitic outburst to a Los Angeles police officer.
The call comes after an intoxicated Gibson launched a verbal attack on sheriff's deputy JAMES MEE after he was pulled over for drink driving on Friday (28JUL06) near his home in Malibu, California.
According to reports, Gibson said to his arresting officer, "F***ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
Gibson issued an apology on Saturday (29JUL06) and a retraction of his remarks, which were reportedly captured on tape.
The US Jewish Anti-Defamation League said that the apology was not enough and that Gibson should be ostracised by his peers.
The group's national director ABRAHAM H FOXMAN said, "It appears that the combination of liquor and arrest has revealed his true character.
"We believe there should be consequences to bigots and bigotry. One way to combat bigots is to put a price on bigotry.
"I would hope that if this is in fact true, that his colleagues condemn him and distance themselves from him."
Gibson's comments come at a critical time in the Israeli-Lebanese hostilities, with US Secretary of State CONDOLEEZA RICE in Jerusalem trying to broker a ceasefire.