There were many themes and messages for journalists to chronicle at the Monday evening "Courage to Remember" event at Jerusalem's Old Train Station. But it's the remarks by actor Jon Voight that seem to be drawing a great deal of attention -- particularly if you read the coverage in the Jerusalem Post.
Voight, who is not Jewish, praised Israel and the Jewish people in his speech. He made reference to suicide bombings and to the March 11 slayings of the Fogel family in Itamar.
“How have we come to a time when blowing up babies and cutting their throats are an acceptable means to a political goal?” Voight asked.
“I feel complete contempt for anyone not intelligent enough to see that the media propaganda portraying the Palestinians as victims endangers the state of Israel.
“We are facing a new holocaust, and people of all faiths must demand that the truth be heard. The Palestinian radicals have only one prayer on their lips: To remove every Jew from Israel.”
Voight received a standing ovation for saying “We will not bend to terrorism in any way, shape, or form for the sake of peace.”
Voight has been a presence throughout the Restoring Courage week. He attended the first night's event at Caesarea. He spoke to many fans and answered questions from reporters.
He did the same thing on Monday evening, arriving early enough to get oriented:
Again he took time to talk with folks in the crowd:
More media interviews:
In his speech Monday night, Voight recounted his lively conversation with Glenn Beck, saying that talking to Glenn was sometimes like jumping in a river -- "you never know where you are going to end up."