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Mandy Patinkin Backs Boycott of Settlement Theater (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 5/16/2012 at 12:36 PM

Categories: Politics, Israel, Entertainment

Mandy Patinkin promoted a boycott against a settlement theater, during a recent Israel visit to shoot scenes for his television series, “Homeland.”

Patinkin, who is an advocate with American for Peace Now, spoke at a Peace Now event last week. During his speech, he told attendees about a recent visit to Hebron and his dissatisfaction with the way settlements are used in the political scheme.

The actor also visited the Ariel Cultural Center, which has been the center of controversy as several entertainers have promised not to perform at the site. Patinkin is among those boycotting the center, explaining at the Peace Now gathering that “thousands” of American Jews in turned promised to boycott his own concerts. He said it only strengthened his resolve.

“I call myself an American Disneyland Jew,” Patinkin, said. “We can do whatever we want. We can say whatever we want. We are safe. We are never attacked. We live in freedom."

“Homeland” is based on an Israeli series, called “Hatufim.” Last year, areas of Israel were used to film scenes for the American version, meant to stand in for Iraq.

J-Connection: Mandy Patinkin is an observant Jew and performs many of his concerts in Yiddish.