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Jerry Seinfeld Meets With Families of Israeli Hostages Amid Ongoing Conflict

By December 21, 2023Article

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The comedian landed in the country Monday before visiting families at the headquarters of the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

Jerry Seinfeld is showing support for the families of Israeli hostages after arriving in the country earlier this week.

According to multiple local news sources, the comedian and Seinfeld star landed sometime Monday and has since visited the headquarters of the Hostages and Missing Families Forum in Tel Aviv. The actor, who has been recorded traveling around the country by multiple news outlets and by people who have posted sightings to social media, reportedly had an “emotional” meeting with a group of families, according to Haaretz.

The hostage advocacy organization shared with the outlet and others that the comedian “told the families that he feels a deep commitment to raising awareness around the world about the issue of the hostages, whose lives are in immediate danger” and that Seinfeld’s family was “very moved, and it was evident that they were deeply affected by the experiences they heard from the family members and the released hostages.”

“We thank the Seinfeld family for their moving visit to the families’ headquarters and their unwavering support for the families of the hostages,” the organization said in a statement. “We are confident that their support will be a significant and important step in our shared mission to bring about the immediate and safe return home of all the hostages.”

According to the Times of Israel, Seinfeld met with families of Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip and those recently released. The comedian’s presence in Israel was captured yesterday by local Israeli broadcaster Channel 13, which reported that the actor’s meeting with families lasted two hours longer than scheduled.

In one Channel 13 video shared to social media, the comedian can be seen wearing a dog tag that displays the phrase “Bring Them Home” — something Hareetz reports has become a popular way to signal solidarity with both the hostages and their families.

Seinfeld is the latest Hollywood name to visit the country. Comedian and actor Michael Rapaport and director Quentin Tarantino have visited the country in recent weeks. Music producer Scooter Braun is also currently visiting, according to updates on his Instagram Story.

Seinfeld was among a group of major Hollywood players, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Michael Douglas, Liev Schreiber, Amy Schumer, Debra Messing and Mayim Bialik, who signed an open letter in response to the Oct. 7 attack, backed by the Creative Community for Peace, in support of Israel in October.

The comedian has been a vocal supporter of Israel since the conflict started, including an Instagram post back in October detailing his time in the country as a teen. “My heart is breaking from these attacks and atrocities,” he wrote. “I will always stand with Israel and the Jewish people.”

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