Ashton Kutcher visited settlements as guest of local settlers and rightwing group

Posted: August 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Settlements, the US and us | Tags: , , , , , | 9 Comments »
Ashton Kutcher on his visit to the settlement of Efrat

Ashton Kutcher on his visit to the settlement of Efrat

More details on Ashton Kutcher’s visit(s) to the West Bank this week were published today by the Israeli media.

Apparently Kutcher didn’t only visit Hebron and Jushua’s grave near Nablus on Sunday, but also stopped yesterday at Gush Etzion (south of Bethlehem), were he received a guided tour on the history of Jewish settlements in the region and had lunch.

According to a report by Maariv [Hebrew], The visit was initiated and organized by the Israeli branch of the American Orthodox Union (OU). OU Israel, which receives funds for its activities from the municipality of Gush Etzion settlements [Hebrew], was credited for the photos Maariv and walla.co.il published from Kutcher’s visit to the settlements.

Journalist and culture critic Dafna Lustig, who called Kutcher “a jerk” on her twitter account following his West bank visit, wrote today on walla.co.il [Hebrew] that “Kutcher demonstrated one of the most blind, ignorant and insensitive acts a guest to Israel can do.”

If we assume Ashton Kutcher knew the story of the city of Hebron before the visit, then, like many others, he must believe that the occupation is legitimate and therefore does not have a problem taking this side side on the political map… [But if] Kutcher thinks Hebron is a legitimate tourist attraction just because he is not familiar with its history, than his visit is far more infuriating: we’re not in Beverly Hills and our problems won’t be concealed with the help of Botox. It’s the duty of every person, and certainly one who is so famous, to know where he is going (…) and if he doesn’t know and didn’t bother to find out, than I stand behind what I wrote on Twitter: he is simply a jerk.


9 Comments on “Ashton Kutcher visited settlements as guest of local settlers and rightwing group”

  1. 1 Achmed Azizie Marzuki said at 6:30 am on August 10th, 2010:

    Like what Dafna mentioned, he certainly not familiar with the history of that place.

  2. 2 Yisrael Medad said at 8:50 am on August 10th, 2010:

    That really is insensitive, visiting an area to learn about it and even engage in a religious ritual, if you’re into the Kabbalah thing. Of course, if he had visited accompanied by a Hamas terrorist who explained to him the reasoning for suicide bombing, I guess that might be okay. Would it?

    The President of NOW visited feminists recently, sponsored by the US State Dep’t and facilitated, in the same area and even in Tel Aviv but none of the Jewish females residing in any Jewish community beyond the Green Line was included. That discrimination is fine, right?

  3. 3 noam said at 10:07 am on August 10th, 2010:

    Yisrael: Nothing prevents Ashton Kutcher from “coming and learning”, but the way he does it makes all the difference. If you visit as a guest of the settlers and the army, you take the side of the occupiers, of those with all rights and privileges. If you visit as a guest of the Palestinians, you are on the side of the occupied, of those without rights. it’s that simple. Ashton Kutcher made what I consider as the wrong choice.

    Furthermore, as you know from our previous exchanges, I don’t oppose Jews to living or practicing their faith in the West Bank as a principle. I reject the occupation, and the current political status quo. If You want to live in Shilo and pray in Hebron, than your Palestinian neighbor should have the right to live next to me in Tel Aviv and pray in Jerusalem. as long as this is not what’s happening, the settlements remain for me the symbol of the injustice done to the Palestinian people.

  4. 4 Maya said at 10:08 am on August 10th, 2010:

    A spiritual journey is not complete without a visit to an illegal settlement built on the backs of ethnic cleansing and displacement. I hope he felt spiritually ‘cleansed’ following said journey.

  5. 5 Barbera said at 5:30 pm on August 10th, 2010:

    What a jerk, I will never again watch anything he is in or produces. He should stay in Israel and practice his Kaballah with his stupid wife.

  6. 6 Melinda Huntley said at 9:05 pm on August 10th, 2010:

    He’s a mediocre actor and now blatantly insensitive and ignorant

  7. 7 Thiago said at 10:03 am on August 11th, 2010:

    Shitty actor, what else could one expect?

  8. 8 Simon said at 7:08 am on August 18th, 2010:

    What is your problem? It’s fine to visit Jewish sites in judea and samaria:
    -They were Jewish for a long time
    -The Arabs have it OK, and are mostly abused by their own people
    -He personally is just looking at stuff, not getting political
    -The land was captured after jordan tried to wipe Israel off the map. There is no occupation. It’s an international anti-semitic lie.

  9. 9 noam said at 7:17 am on August 18th, 2010:

    Simon: I won’t argue with your strange perception of history, but do you really believe that there is no occupation? may I ask if you have ever been to the West Bank?