Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mandy Patinkin: staunch advocate for peace

Mandy Patinkin and Homeland co-star Claire Danes
A peace activist in both his professional and everyday life, Mandy Patinkin, the veteran stage, screen and TV actor who currently stars as Saul Berenson on the Showtime hit Homeland, recently accepted the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award from Americans for Peace Now.

Patinkin – who sits on the board of the NGO, which is the sister organization to Shalom Achshav, Israel's pre-eminent peace group – works to ensure Israel's future by mobilizing support for policies that Peace Now believes will lead to a long-lasting peace for the state and its neighbours.

In a statement during the ceremony directed at the writers of his beloved series, Patinkin proposed that if the peace process doesn't advance, Homeland should do a season (or a spin-off) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps in Hollywood fiction, at least, the dream can become a reality.

Patinkin, who is also known for his singing,  wrapped up his acceptance speech by leading the audience in a sing-along of the popular peace anthem by Sheva founder Moshe Ben-Ari Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu.

Listen below.

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