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Richard Gere on a Tour to Hebron With Breaking the Silence

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This is really bizarre. This is genuinely strange. It's a dead city, but who owns the city? And their feeling of 'I'm protected, I can do whatever I want'. And that sense of 'where the boundaries are'." "It's exactly what the Old South was in America"


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Peggy B (43)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:06 pm
I have followed Breaking the Silence for a couple years now. I'm happy that a celebrity may bring more followers.

Kathleen M (210)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:17 pm
Grimly noted. Thx for sharing Evelyn. Horrifically Brutal!

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:28 pm
Peggy - I suspect he had quite an eye-opener, & he IS an activist when he sees injustice ...

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:29 pm
"This is really bizarre. This is genuinely strange. It’s a dead city, but who owns the city? And their feeling of ‘I’m protected, I can do whatever I want'. And that sense of ‘where the boundaries are'."
(Richard Gere on a tour to Hebron with Breaking the Silence)

Two weeks ago we took Richard Gere for a tour in Hebron. We wanted him to see what we already know too well – what a Palestinian city with a Jewish settlement in its very center looks like, and what IDF soldiers are required to do in order to maintain the occupation.

Aside from being a well-known actor, Gere is also a caring, renowned activist who has been taking part in various struggles around the world, who wished to see for himself what the occupation's day to day reality looks like on the ground.

We're excited for this opportunity to deepen our alliance with partners such as Gere, who care about this place and share our democratic values and our aim to protect human rights.
Watch the story on Channel 2 News | חדשות 2

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 3:34 pm
good to hear it, and have hopes that something might come out of this to raise awareness about the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, settlements, and everything else, including the heinous Israeli siege of Gaza!!

ty, Evelyn.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 3:36 pm
Veteran anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 9:15 pm
Richard Gere: Settlements Are an ‘Absurd Provocation’.

American actor and humanitarian activist Richard Gere has described illegal Israeli settlement “an absurd provocation”, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

In an interview with the paper, Gere said: “Obviously, this occupation is destroying everyone. There is no defence of this occupation.”

Addressing the issue of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, he said: “Settlements are such an absurd provocation and, certainly in the international sense, completely illegal.”

They [settlements] are certainly not part of the programme of someone who wants a genuine peace process.

Gere said that he does not like violence and noted that the Israelis should feel secure, but stressed that this must not be at the expense of the Palestinians.

“I denounce violence on all sides of this,” he said, “and, of course, Israelis should feel secure. But Palestinians should not feel desperate.”

While speaking to Haaretz, Gere defended the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, which exposes crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers against Palestinians on the ground.

He said that he was appalled by the demonisation of the group by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others.

“To question authority makes you a traitor?” he asked. “If you question bad policies you are a self-hating Jew? That is insane. And, of course it is the last resort of tyrants.”

Gere also criticised American President Donald Trump because of his unbalanced policies regarding refugees.

“Trump has made ‘refugee’ and ‘terrorist’ the same meaning,” he said, “it was not so long ago that ‘refugee’ was someone who was running from a fire. Someone who needed help… And now that person is a terrorist, a dangerous person, someone to be shunned and kept out.”

“Everybody needs to speak out, no matter what their job description is,” he said.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 9:22 pm
Richard Gere to Haaretz: Settlements are an absurd provocation, the occupation is indefensible.

Richard Gere blasts Israel over settlements as he reveals he was torn over visiting the country to promote his new film 'Norman' by an Israeli writer-director.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 9:32 pm
Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It's exactly like the Old South

fly bird (26)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 10:00 pm
Ahmed Kathrada, on freedom, apartheid, Palestinian rights, illegal Israeli occupation and settlements.

VIDEO: Anti-apartheid Icon, Freedom Fighter, Ahmed Kathrada Dies.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 12:24 am
Shared ALL of the above articles over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 1:38 am
See also Richard Gere calls for an end to 'the occupation'

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 7:56 am
Good to see Richard Gere making his views & his presence felt.

Lona G (66)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 10:18 am
Normally I'm not all that impressed when celebrities take on a "cause", but for Gere's tour of Hebron with 'Breaking the Silence' I'm definitely making an exception. Any celebrity that helps the movement and the plight of the Palestinians get more attention gets a heartfelt "thank you" from me.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 11:32 am
********************************* Lona!!

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 12:29 pm
The world MUST unite.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 4:13 pm
I'm glad he brought up the relationship of how it use to be in the south in the USA with segregation.

Glennis W (393)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 5:55 pm
Good on you Richard. Thank you for caring and sharing Darren

Janet B (0)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 1:29 pm

fly bird (26)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 7:24 pm
"Arriving in Israel to promote his new movie Norman, directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, Gere is uncertain as to how he will be received by the public given his recent comments on the political situation.

Hollywood star Richard Gere is in Israel promoting his new movie Norman, by Israeli director Joseph Cedar. However, the question of how he will be received by the Israeli public is a matter of uncertainty.

"In my past visits to Israel, I always heard all the viewpoints. Now it has become almost impossible. I know many people will not like what I have to say, but these are things that need to be said," said Gere.

"The occupation must end. The occupation is ruining everyone on both sides. A bi-national state won't solve anything, and it will only turn Israel into an apartheid state. There needs to be two states for two peoples, with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations.

In his comments, Gere also referred to the issue of settlements, saying, "Why do you need all these provocations? How is it that the settlers are running the government? And how could it be that Israel, of all nations, controls another nation? Many Israelis that I know say the state has lost its way and I think that every Israeli knows that."

During his visit to Israel, Gere is also planning on meeting members of Breaking the Silence. He knows that this will be poorly received, but he remains undeterred. "I recently spoke to someone from the organization who served in the army, a wonderful young woman with a big heart, and they're labeling her an enemy of the state. It breaks your heart."

In Norman, Gere plays the role of Norman Oppenheimer, a Jewish bigwig who suffers humiliation after humiliation. After coming across Micah Eshel, a charismatic Israeli politician who feels his career is going nowhere, both of their lives change forever after Norman buys him a pair of shoes worth thousands of dollars. The kicker? Eshel becomes the prime minister.

"I had a lot of conversations with Joseph (the director) about politics," said Gere. "As I see it, getting a pair of shoes from someone as gift is not a big deal, but I am still confused as to how people accept everything an Israeli leader does, except when someone gives him a pair of shoes. This dissonance is hard for me to understand."

According to rumors, some parts of the movie were inspired by the relationship between former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Moshe Talansky, a relative of the film's director.

Gere admitted that he is aware that the character of Norman is very reminiscent of the shylock excuse for anti-Semitism. "I think it was more important for Joseph. What I discovered while working with Joseph and Oren is that Israeli Jews and New York Jews are two very different types of Jews. A Jew from New York has no fear. The constant fear in Israel that you're going to be destroyed does not exist in New York. On the other hand, American Jews have a tendency to defend Israeli leaders no matter what they do, because he's 'our Jew.'"

In regards to reports of increased anti-Semitism in the United States, Gere said, "I don't know if there is an increase or if it is just out in the open more. That is Trump's fault. The moment he decided to run for president, he opened Pandora's Box and gave people permission to let all their hate out. 'If the president can say anything, then so can I.' It's a wonder anti-Semites feel better now."

fly bird (26)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 7:25 pm
Richard Gere calls for an end to the occupation.,7340,L-4932525,00.html

Colleen L (3)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 9:35 pm
Thanks Evelyn

Amanda G (0)
Friday March 31, 2017, 6:30 am

Janet B (0)
Friday March 31, 2017, 3:01 pm

Clint B (1)
Saturday April 1, 2017, 3:27 am
Thank you for sharing & spreading more awareness

Roberto MARINI (88)
Saturday April 1, 2017, 9:02 am
horrible segregation. Thanks for sharing.

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 4:37 am
Noted, thank you for all the efforts exerted to enhance peace on earth

Margarita R (24)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 4:12 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday April 3, 2017, 1:06 am
Thank you

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday April 3, 2017, 2:21 am
Thanks again

Marija M (25)
Thursday April 6, 2017, 11:26 am
Thank you.

fly bird (26)
Monday July 3, 2017, 9:52 pm
VIDEO - 1948: Fulfillment of Prophecy or Colonialism?
Published on Jan 12, 2015

Miko Peled was born in Jersusalem into a prominent Israeli Zionist family. His father, Matti Peled, was a General in the Israeli Army; Miko served in Israel’s Special Forces. When Miko's niece was killed by Palestinian suicide bombers he soon became a peace activist.

Through his own research and his father's thorough knowledge of the Israeli wars, Miko Peled dispels the myths surrounding the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian conflict, and delivers widely unpopular facts concerning what actually occurred in 1948, 1967, and what is yet occurring today. He discloses facts that challenge the notion that the Jews that “returned” to, and are currently occupying Israel are the descendants of the Israelites that fled many centuries ago.

Miko Peled has authored a book entitled ‘The General’s Son’ in which he shares his research and personal experiences.
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