Ha’aretz: Visiting West Bank, Richard Gere Compares Hebron to Segregated U.S. South

Ha’aretz: Visiting West Bank, Richard Gere Compares Hebron to Segregated U.S. South

Ha’aretz reports:

American actor Richard Gere, who visited Israel earlier this month to promote his new film, “Norman,” had one analogy to make after touring the West Bank city of Hebron…

“It’s exactly what the Old South was in America. Blacks knew where they could go, they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place,” he says…

“Who owns this city?” he asks rhetorically. Referring to Hebron’s Jewish residents, he comments on “their feeling of ‘I’m protected, I can do whatever I want,’ and that sense of where the boundaries are.”