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Storm over Seth Rogen comments that he was ‘lied to about Israel’

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Published: 30 July 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Actor also said Jews should ‘spread out’ around the world instead of instead of ‘putting all your Jews in one basket’. Media reports cherry-picked the Israel focus but missed his humour

Seth Rogen: 'I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel' (Guardian)
Actor says when he was younger, he wasn’t told Palestinians lived on land that became the Jewish state

Controversy over Seth Rogen's Israel comments exposes widening rift with US Jews (Haaretz)
Cherry-picked quotes from talk between Rogen and Marc Maron on 'being lied to about Israel' not only ignored the humour in their conversation, but overlooked the fact it was the deepest dive into Jewish identity in modern celebrity culture in recent memory

Wake up, Jewish establishment: Seth Rogen speaks for a lot of us young Jews (Forward)

Israel ‘doesn’t make sense,’ can’t safeguard Jewish people, says Seth Rogen (Times of Israel)
Actor-comedian opens up about identity in podcast interview with Marc Maron; says if country exists ‘for religious reasons, I don’t agree with it because I think religion is silly’

Sorry, Seth, you've got it wrong (Jewish Chronicle)
'Rogen doesn’t believe that the idea of all Jews going to live in Israel is the safest policy for our people. That’s OK, neither do I.'

Photo: Rogen on the set of his new film, An American Pickle (Hopper Stone/AP)

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