Last month, I shared a list of celebs who have been making the trek to the Holy land, but the list was so long I decided to break in into two posts. So here is Part II of my list of celebs who have been to Israel lately.
In October, Jason Alexander, better known as George Costanza of Seinfeld fame, went to Israel to "promote peace." He met with Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the Huffington Post, "Alexander said, that through comedy and humor, he hopes to help advance the idea of two states for two people."
Justin Bieber and his dad flew all the way to Israel to get matching tattoos of the word Jesus spelled in Hebrew. Don't worry Belieber fans, while there he also performed a concert. But the trip wasn't without controversy. First, Bieber lashed out at the paparazzi on Twitter. Bieber wrote, "You would think that paparazzi would have some respect in holy places. All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel." Then Bieber cancelled a planned visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the end the trip was a success, Bieber tweeted, "im just excited at this pt to get on stage and perform. gonna take a little break from twitter and enjoy this time with my family until then."
I think it's pretty well known that Madonna dabbles in Kabbalah and that she's traveled to Israel to perform and visit the country on a few occasions, so she definitely earns a spot on the list (even if she thinks she's Jewish).
Never one to shy away from controversy, during her 2009 trip to Israel, Madonna actually met with Tzipi Livni, the Israeli Opposition Leader and leader of Kadima.
During that same trip, she performed in Tel Aviv telling the crowd, "Every time I come here, I get so supercharged with energy," she said. "I truly believe that Israel is the energy center of the world. And I also believe that if we can all live together in harmony in this place, then we can live in peace all over the world."
Forty-three years ago, the Beatles were barred from playing a concert in Israel because it was deemed inappropriate for Israeli youth. Though it's too late for the Beatles to ever play in Israel, Paul McCartney finally got the chance to perform this past September in front of a huge sold out crowd of more than 50,000 fans in Tel Aviv. And all it took to get him finally there was an official apology from Ron Proser, Israel's ambassador to Britain, for claiming the Beatles were once a bad influence.
Bonus information: Did you know that McCartney just married a nice Jewish girl, Nancy Shevell? McCartney married Shevell (in one of two ceremonies) at the same place he married his first wife Linda McCartney who also was Jewish. This yenta has heard rumors that McCartney may even be considering converting to Judaism!
Barbadian R&B artist Rihanna performed one concert in Israel last May at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Jaffa as part of her Last Girl on Earth tour. According to Ynet, Rhianna spent two days touring Jerusalem and Tel Aviv before her concert. Her stops included volunteering at a kid's center and visiting the wall where she refused to tell the reporters what she wrote in her note because it was between her God and the wall. She was also quoted as saying Israel, "was an amazing, amazing experience."
It turns out, lots of celebrities like Israel! Isn't that great? Just don't call me yenta.