The voiceless hostages held by Hamas for weeks garnered some celebrity support as one “Seinfeld” star expressed of a nine-year-old captive, “Today, I will be his voice.”
While corporate media harped on the subject of a ceasefire, ignoring the terrorists’ own breaking of such an agreement with the slaughter of more than 1,400 in Israel on Oct. 7, and parroted propaganda from pro-Palestinian camps, a considerable void in virtue-signaling was noted among the Hollywood elite. A new video posted by Tony Award-winning actor Jason Alexander helped break that silence as part of an effort to bring the hostages home.
“Hi, I’m Jason Alexander. This is a picture of me when I was nine-years-old,” he said in the video posted by the Embassy of Israel to the United States. Swiping to the next image on the tablet, Alexander continued, “This is Ohad. He’s nine. In fact he celebrated his ninth birthday days ago as a hostage of Hamas.”
“Today,” the actor explained, “I will be his voice.”
— Embassy of Israel to the USA | #IsraelUSA75 (@IsraelinUSA) November 18, 2023
“Hi, I’m Ohad. I’m nine-years-old,” continued the actor as he spoke for the fourth-grader Ohad Munder-Zichri. “I’m a football player. I have two best friends but I enjoy getting along with everyone and helping out, especially my soccer coach, Noam, when he needs help.”
“I don’t like to brag, but I’m really good at solving Rubik’s Cubes. I wait every day to hug my father and to go back home. Please set me free,” closed Alexander before speaking once more as himself, “On behalf of Ohad, I am asking you, please, please set him free now. Send him home. Bring him home.”
According to the Times of Israel, “The project was put together by Maayan Arzi-Mlinarski, the head of Shavot, a leadership organization for girls, and be television personality Sivan Morag,” as part of an effort to petition for the return of the considerably more than 200 hostages that had been taken on Oct. 7, 32 of which were said to be under the age of 18.
Along with Alexander, “other participants included Ukraine-born Israeli actor Mark Ivanir of ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘The Good Shephered,’ and Israeli figures such as pop star Ivri Lider, actress Alma Zack, actor Tomer Capone who has starred in the hit drama series ‘Fauda,’ actress Daniel Gal, and acclaimed Israeli actor Sasson Gabai.”
Another video from the embassy showed 1,500 Rubik’s Cubes arranged to make the same image of Ohad that Alexander held in his post, as part of the appeal ahead of the United Nations’ World Children’s Day on Monday.
— Embassy of Israel to the USA | #IsraelUSA75 (@IsraelinUSA) November 19, 2023
The actor, a long-time advocate for peace in the Middle East, was matched in his advocacy by Jewish celebrities who were taking on social media for permitting rampant antisemitism on platforms — particularly TikTok.
On Wednesday, more than 30 participants joined a call with the platform’s executives, including Sacha Baron Cohen and Debra Messing, as they recoiled at the circulation of Osama Bin Laden’s “Letter to America” justifying 9/11 and messages of Hamas sympathy in line with the argument.
“What is happening at TikTok is it is creating the biggest antisemitic movement since the Nazis,” Baron Cohen said before slamming, “Shame on you!”
The minimal outpouring from Hollywood stood in stark contrast to the 2014 kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria by a different Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. At the time, hashtag activism shined as celebrities of all stripes held up signs that read “Bring Back Our Girls,” but did little else.
For his ongoing efforts and lending his voice, Alexander was praised online.
Thank you Mr. Alexander!
On behalf of evangelical Christians like myself in the US, I want to say you are not alone and Never Again is Now.
We pray for the families and the hostages and for the peace of Israel.
— $8 Bartemy (@BartemyS) November 18, 2023
Thank you @IJasonAlexander for sharing your voice for Ohad who is only 9 years old and all the other hostages
— Avraham Berkowitz (@GlobalRabbi) November 19, 2023
Thank you. #ReleaseTheHostagesNow
— Misttina Brownfield (@MisttinaBr24043) November 19, 2023
Wow, JASON ALEXANDER being a mensch! https://t.co/9bLZyzKzGt
— Truth! Served Fresh Daily ! ✝️ ✡️ (@SanMiguelNews) November 19, 2023
Thank you Jason Alexander. I am in tears for my kidnapped people & tears at your being a voice for them. Not enough are shouting for them. #BringThemHome
— save the bees (@bzzzsavethebees) November 18, 2023
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