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Israel Makes An Impression On Celebs

So how did the Hollywood celebrities recently in Israel find it here?

According to this article, they really dug it.

Sitting with AnnaLynne McCord at Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel on Sunday morning, the blond actress comes off as a regular person with some well thought-out opinions, and not as a Hollywood ‘celebrity’ one would expect. McCord is currently known for her role as Naomi Clark in CW’s 90210.

While her manager insists that she eat her omelet, McCord is excited to share her experience and perspective of Israel in what is her first trip to the country with the organization “America’s Voices in Israel.” McCord explains that she was not afraid to travel to Israel and was excited to meet the people who experience the country every day.

“I’ve heard a lot against Israel back home, but I always knew there was a lot more to this country than what I’ve read and seen in the news,” McCord told me.

“The first question that I’ve always thought about in regard to the conflict here is how much of it is a holy war?” McCord explains that she knows the Biblical history of the region well, having “grown up with the Bible” and believes that there is “no room for the world to judge Israel or anyone in this conflict.”

“I believe there are always three sides to the story — your side, my side and the truth,” said McCord. “Until you actually live in someone else’s shoes, you can never judge.”

“With all that negative coverage about Israel, I was amazed by the resilience, human spirit and optimism that people here have facing daily turmoil. You have to come see Israel for yourself to understand this — that people can still have an amazing existence, with love and patriotism, despite all the odds.”

The one characteristic that McCord says she particularly likes about Israelis is that “they don’t care what you think, what the world thinks. As an actress, I definitely relate to that because people write mean and nice things about me all the time. I do what I have to do, no matter what the critics say. Israel does the same.”

McCord and her acting colleagues, among them Omar Epps (House), Zach Roerig (Vampire Diaries) Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Mekhi Pfifer (8 Mile, ER), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Holt McCallany (Lights Out), Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin’ Out With Mr. Cooper) were particularly impressed with Israel’s state-of-the-art facilities for special needs/disabled children.

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On a personal note, I was hoping to ask some of them myself, since I was supposed to meet them Thursday night, but for reasons I will not go into, it did not pan out.

7 thoughts on “Israel Makes An Impression On Celebs”

  1. On a personal note, I was hoping to ask some of them myself, since I was supposed to meet them Thursday night, but for reasons I will not go into, it did not pan out.

    Sponja. Who ya foolin?!

  2. “I’ve heard a lot against Israel back home, … With all that negative coverage about Israel,…”

    So let me wrap this up:

    Celebs are invited to Israel as an initiative to improve Israel’s image abroad because the powers that be in the Jewish State are too weak in the knees to fix the problem of worldwide media outlet hostility through the “cease and desist from anti-Israel activity, play our tune from now on as atonement” route. The celebs arrive, and at least one of them lays out exactly that problem, the problem of the scandalous worldwide media coverage of Israel.

    I’m sure there’s a message here somewhere. What I’m not sure is if anyone at the wheel of the Jewish ship of state is intelligent enough to understand it and of strong enough character to act on it.

    1. Jim from Iowa

      So how, specifically, does the Israeli government effectively fix the problem of unfavorable media coverage in the West? And don’t get worked up into a lather about the nature of the unfair treatment Israel gets. Most of us who regularly read IsraellyCool know that this is the case. What specific, practical steps can the Israeli government take to effectively counter unfair media coverage?

      1. “So how, specifically, does the Israeli government effectively fix the problem of unfavorable media coverage in the West?”

        It sends Jewish State officials—badges, IDs and all—to the offices of those media outlets and tells those in charge that keeping onto their anti-Israel line will have unpleasant consequences (for example, being taken to Israel to stand trial). Soon enough they will realize they either have to cover Israel favorably or not cover it at all (in which case all the info about Israel will have to come from Israel itself, and of course that would be favorable coverage).

        Such policies are not for individuals to pursue, but Israel, being a nation-state, is different: As the political manifestation of Jewish national sovereignty, the Jewish State would be within full legal right—nay, obligation—to take the offensive to the hostile media outlets in order to protect the nation residing with it. It is the duty of a nation-state to protect its nation from all manner of attack or invasion; anything less is negligence.

        “And don’t get worked up into a lather about the nature of the unfair treatment Israel gets.”

        I’m not getting worked up about the treatment itself—Israel’s enemies are behaving exactly like enemies. My complaint is that Israel’s enemies’ enemy, meaning Israel itself, isn’t behaving as Israel’s enemies’ enemy is expected to behave.

        “What specific, practical steps can the Israeli government take to effectively counter unfair media coverage?”

        The above basic outline will serve for making sure the worldwide media outlets no longer carry water as the propaganda organ of the Islamic imperialist jihad against the Jewish nation-state. The media outlets will have brought it on themselves; if they had just been less willing to serve the anti-Zionist agenda, to stop sporting all those Arab names at the end of every Israel-related item, there’d be no need for any of this.

        1. Jim from Iowa

          You do realize that you are talking about putting foreign nationals on trial in Israel, don’t you? As much as I’d like to see Max Blumenthal or R J Rosenberg standing before an Israeli court to be held accountable for their anti-Israel coverage, it will never happen. Press freedom is too much a fundamental value in Western democracies, no less so than in Israel itself. Why not just bar them entry into Israel?

          1. “You do realize that you are talking about putting foreign nationals on trial in Israel, don’t you?”

            Yes. Those same foreign nationals ought to be aware that giving a pro-Arab spin to Israeli matters is an act of war on their part. Coverage of the women and children killed in Gaza without mentioning the Hamas (general Islamic) policy of deliberately putting them in the line of fire for propaganda purposes amounts to bringing aid and comfort to Hamas. There should be no immunity for that.

            “…it will never happen. Press freedom is too much a fundamental value in Western democracies, no less so than in Israel itself.”

            Even in Western democracies, press freedom is not so sacrosanct as to be accorded the right to go outside the sandbox of safe national existence. That, for example, is why you can’t defend death threats to the heads of state as “free speech.” A lot of things are up for grabs, and I agree they should be up for grabs, but there are some that aren’t because undermining them destroys everything. For the Jewish nation-state, its right to defend itself against Islamic imperialist aggression and to permit unlimited Jewish inhabitation on it is a framework that can’t be up for grabs—that’d be like drilling a hole in the cabin of your ship (and likewise, “I’m free to do anything I want in my own cabin” won’t wash here).

            “Why not just bar them entry into Israel?”

            That would be a good first step, but if I know anything about them, they’re not above fabricating news items to demonize Israel (or copying them from Arab sources such as Electronic Intifada). They must be made to fear covering Israel in a bad light.

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