American actor and humanitarian activist Richard Gere has described illegal Israeli settlement “an absurd provocation”, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.
In an interview with the paper, Gere said: “Obviously, this occupation is destroying everyone. There is no defence of this occupation.”
Addressing the issue of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, he said: “Settlements are such an absurd provocation and, certainly in the international sense, completely illegal.”
They [settlements] are certainly not part of the programme of someone who wants a genuine peace process.
Gere said that he does not like violence and noted that the Israelis should feel secure, but stressed that this must not be at the expense of the Palestinians.
“I denounce violence on all sides of this,” he said, “and, of course, Israelis should feel secure. But Palestinians should not feel desperate.”
While speaking to Haaretz…
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