Joining the #OscarsSoWhite chorus isn’t courageous, it’s going along with the politically correct flow. Going on to college campuses to talk about Judaism and defending Israel, on the other hand, is very courageous.
And it’s exactly what actor Michael Douglas is doing
- He is on a three-college tour with Israeli leader and activist Natan Sharansky – so far they’ve been to Brown University and next month will be at Stanford and UC Santa Barbara
- The point is to discuss their personal Jewish faith journeys, the perception of Israel on the world’s stage, and Jewish identity in general – especially in the context of harsh criticism of the tiny country
- At Brown, they were confronted by pro-Palestinian and pro-Boycott/Divest/Sanction protestors
In Israel in 2015, Douglas received the Genesis Prize, recognizing his positive influence on behalf of Judaism and Israel:
Given the massive increase in anti-Jewish activity through-out the world and the very strong anti-Israel sentiment that dominates American college campuses, being so vocal in his support is something for which he should be commended.
Special thanks to Christian Toto for brining this to my attention.
Via Hollywood in Toto:
Just about everyone in Hollywood has an opinion on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Some stars, like Will Smith, seek out the press to share their take on the Academy’s lack of black nominees. Others, like Robert Redford, are asked about it by reporters eager for a juicy quote.
Speaking up on the subject, frankly, takes little courage … unless you’re sharing a politically incorrect opinion. Then you’re pressured to change your mind. Just ask veteran actress Charlotte Rampling.
Even stars whose own resumes lack diversity, like George Clooney, won’t get pressed on the subject. Reporters seem too eager to keep the diversity narrative rolling.
It’s why Michael Douglas is showing his peers what true courage looks like. Douglas received The Genesis Prize last year, awarded for his support for the Jewish people.
Now, the Oscar winner is on a three-college tour on behalf of his religion. He’s Jewish, and he understands what’s happening around the globe. Hatred against Jews is on the rise.
Seventy years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is again growing more virulent in Europe. From Toulouse to Paris, London to Berlin, Brussels to Copenhagen, Jews are being harassed, assaulted and even killed.
… According to Pew Research Center, by 2013, Jews were harassed in 34 of 45 European countries, and anti-Semitic harassment worldwide had reached a seven-year high.
That doesn’t even factor in the rage felt in many parts of the Islamic world toward Jews.
Douglas’ first college tour stop came Thursday at Brown University. Joined by former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, the actor shared his personal religious journey. He also fielded questions about his career, Israel and more at the University’s Salomon Center.
Meanwhile, anti-Israel protesters gathered in the building’s lobby repeatedly chanting so loudly the noise bled into the auditorium. The student protesters also shouted at attendees as they entered the building.
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