2015-12-09 / Mideast

Actor lauds Israel for aid

Academy Award winner and activist Sean Penn, in Israel for the first time, credited the Israeli international relief organization IsraAID for the success of his humanitarian efforts in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Penn was the keynote speaker at an IsraAID conference in Tel Aviv.

“The indirect impact of IsraAID is that everything that JP/HRO [Penn’s Haiti relief effort] has accomplished would not have existed without the inspiration and support that they provided,” he said at the conference.

IsraAID founding director Shachar Zahavi told Israel21c that the group met Penn in Haiti in 2010, shortly after the Caribbean country was devastated by a major earthquake that killed more than 230,000.

Penn also met with former Israeli President Shimon Peres and leaders of several Israeli start-ups working on international humanitarian aid. Penn’s father is Jewish, but the Hollywood star does not identify as Jewish. (JTA)

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