Jewish-American Actor Michael Rapaport Blasts The Red Cross In Israel: ‘You’re An Embarrassment’
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 16: Michael Rapaport speaks at rally outside The Museum of Art known as the 'The Hostages and Missing Square' on December 16, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. On Friday, the IDF said its forces accidentally killed three hostages being held in Gaza when it mistakenly identified them as potential threats. Yotam Haim, Samer Talalka, Alon Shamriz were kidnapped from southern Israel on Oct. 7 by Hamas militants and taken back to the Gaza Strip. Israel launched an air and ground campaign in Gaza soon thereafter in an effort to defeat Hamas. In November, a weeklong ceasefire allowed for the negotiated release of some hostages, but more than 100 remain in captivity.
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Jewish-American Actor Michael Rapaport was in Israel this last week to increase pressure on international organizations to forces Hamas to release the more than a hundred Israelis that they are still holding hostage.

Rapaport highlighted the wide range of people that he has met while visiting the country, saying that the nation’s “spirit” was special.

“Your reputation really precedes you,” he said. “The kindness, the warmth, the generosity that I’ve experienced in my time here, has been unparalleled in my travels. And unfortunately, amidst this spirit, there’s also a deep sadness and heartbreak that is apparent. Right over there by a tree I met a 69 year old Brazilian born Jewish woman named Pearl, whose family moved here when she was just nine years old. I said to Pearl, how you doing? And she started crying. And she said not good. She said what have they done to our country? I’ll never forget that. I know that everyone here has been affected and everyone is hurting in Israel. I also know that despite what we see on the news, despite what you see on social media, everybody in my city of New York is hurting also.”

“The families that I’ve spoken to, who have sons that are still held captive inside Gaza after being kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in broad daylight are devastated,” he continued. “The heartbreak and despair that they are enduring is unimaginable and cannot be portrayed by any actor, Jewish or not. Currently, there are 129 men, women, and babies who have been in captivity for 71 days. 71 days. They need to come home now. There are two children — a 10 month old baby who still relies on formula and his four year old toddler brother — they need to come home now. There are 19 women, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s, 19 young women need to be freed akshav [immediately].”

He also called on the male hostages, both young and old, to be released so they can go back to their families.

“This is not just an Israel or Jewish crisis. This is not just an Israel or Jewish crisis,” he continued. “This is a world wide global humanitarian crisis. The Red Cross, you need to get involved, you’re an embarrassment.”

“From the bottom of my heart to the family members and friends that I’ve met since I’ve been here, the family members that I’m looking out, the family members behind me and around me,” he said. “I know that so many people have suffered. I know that people are scared. I know that people are heartbroken and I am so sorry for the loss of so many lives. I want you guys to know this because I know it and I’ve only been here five days, Israel will rise. Israel is not going anywhere. The Jewish people are not going anywhere. I also want to encourage all Jewish people all around the world, whether you’re secular, Sephardic, Hasidic, and everything in between to stick together. Be nice to each other smile at each other and stick together stand tall, stand proud, stand stronger than ever, and bring the hostages home thank you guys and I love you.”


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