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These 26 Hollywood Stars All Shunned $55K Israel Junket In Oscars Swag Bag


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Israel invited 26 Hollywood stars on all-expense paid trips to the Holy Land around the 2016 Academy Awards, but a year later none of them have visited



   

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fly b (26)
Saturday February 25, 2017, 7:44 pm
Israel invited 26 Hollywood stars on all-expense paid trips to the Holy Land around the 2016 Academy Awards, but a year later none of them have visited, Agence France-Presse reported.


Israel invited 26 Hollywood stars on all-expense paid trips to the Holy Land around the 2016 Academy Awards, but a year later none of them have visited, Agence France-Presse reported.

Activists with the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel are calling it a victory that Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and two dozen other stars have failed to make a Holy Land appearance.

“I think it is clear the objective of using the actors to whitewash Israel has failed,” said Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

The trips, estimated to be worth $55,000 each, were given as part of a gift package to the stars, which also included luxury toilet paper.

The only star to take advantage of the trip was Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who reportedly gave it to her parents.

This month, eight out of 13 members of delegation of American pro football players dropped out of an Israel visit over concerns that Israel was using them to score public relations points.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 25, 2017, 11:18 pm
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Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday February 26, 2017, 3:24 am
Noted
 

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday February 28, 2017, 2:57 pm
Good on therm.
 

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday February 28, 2017, 10:40 pm
Is this really about political opinions? Each 2017 "swag bag" contained amongst an assortment of less pricey gifts, many enviable giveaways for all-expense paid trips: getaways to Hawaii, another to a mansion in Northern California, two stays at Italian hotels and a week at the Golden Door spa. Apparently
hotels and resorts are willing to gift the trips because only about 10% of nominees ever redeem them. Viola Davis, for instance, received a free African safari when she was up for supporting actress in 2009. She still hasn’t been able to take the tour, and she calls every year to see if she can get an extension. So maybe a lot of the people receiving these "swag bags" are just simply too busy and really don't need free trips anyway.



















A non-official Oscars gift bag headed to Mel Gibson. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)




While the academy has pulled back on gifting, Fary has not. He believes, emphatically, that “more is more” and fills his bags accordingly. There are things for kids: Customizable Crayola crayons, a children’s book, an electric scooter. There are less expensive items: A $2.99 protein bar, ChapStick, a CPR kit. And there are a lot of things for supposed body improvement: weight loss formulas, a plate that helps with portion control, seat mats designed to eliminate cellulite.

“We’re not saying you have to be thin or look a certain way,” insists Fary. “But I don’t know any woman — whether she’s an Oscar nominee or not — who if she has cellulite wouldn’t want to have a solution for it.”




 
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