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Actress Susan Sarandon apologizes for comment at pro-Palestine rally

Actress Suzan Sarandon spoke out on social media, apologizing for a comment she made during a pro-Palestine rally she attended in New York in November.

“There are many people who are afraid, who are afraid of being Jewish right now, and are experiencing what it is like to be Muslim in this country, which is so often subject to violence,” said the actress on November 17th.

The speech had negative repercussions, causing her agency UTA to remove Sarandon as one of its clients because of the comment.

Today, the actress spoke about the episode on her Instagram. “It was my intention to show solidarity in the fight against intolerance of all kinds, and I regret not doing so,” she wrote.

“Intending to communicate my concern about the rise in hate crimes, I said that American Jews, as targets of growing anti-Semitic hatred, ‘are experiencing what it is like to be Muslim in this country, so often subject to violence.’ continued.

She further said: “This phrase was a terrible mistake, as it implies that until recently the Jews were strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true. As we all know, from centuries of oppression and genocide in Europe, to the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, Jews have long been familiar with religious discrimination and violence that continues to this day. I deeply regret having diminished this reality and hurting people with this comment.”

Sarandon concluded: “I will continue my commitment to peace, truth, justice and compassion for all people. I hope we can meet with love and a willingness to dialogue, especially with those with whom we disagree.”

See also: Israel attacks the Gaza Strip again

*Published by Iasmin Paiva

Source: CNN Brasil

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