Comedian Jerry Seinfeld arrived in Israel Monday morning to express solidarity with the nation as it continues its war with Gaza following the October 7 massacre.
Last night Seinfeld met with the families of Israeli hostages still held in Gaza as well as hostages recently released. Israel’s Channel 13 reported that the meeting lasted two hours longer than scheduled and that the actor was “sensitive” and “caring”.
Bring Them Home Now, the campaign group pushing for the release of Israeli hostages, posted on Twitter this morning that Seinfeld and his family met the hostages and their families at the campaign headquarters.
“Seinfeld told the families that he feels a deep commitment to raising awareness around the world about the issue of the hostages, whose lives are in immediate danger,” the post said. “Hearing the stories, Jerry and his family were very moved, and it was evident that they were deeply affected by the experiences they heard from the family members and the released hostages.”
“We thank the Seinfeld family for their moving visit to the families’ headquarters and their unwavering support for the families of the hostages. We are confident that their support will be a significant and important step in our shared mission to bring about the immediate and safe return home of all the hostages.”
Seinfeld wore a dog tag around his neck, intended as a symbol for the plight of the hostages. According to Channel 13, the comedian plans to visit the southern border region and will possibly convene with Israeli soldiers.