Seth Rogen has given an extensive interview in which he spoke about his Jewish heritage, along with his views on Israel and anti-Semitism.
The Hollywood actor, who spent much of his childhood in Jewish schools and a Jewish camp in Vancouver, told the popular Marc Maron WTF Podcast that he was “fed a lot of lies about Israel”.
He referred to how young Jews are tricked into believing that the state of Israel was created without displacing thousands of Palestinians.
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“To me, it just seems like an outdated thought process,” he said. “If it is for religious reasons, I do not agree, because I think that religion is nonsense. If it’s really for the preservation of the Jewish people, it doesn’t make sense, because once again, you don’t keep something you’re trying to preserve in one place, especially when that place is shown to be quite volatile, you know? “
He continued: “As a Jewish person, I was fed a lot of lies about Israel all my life. They never tell you that, by the way, there were people there. They make it look like I’m sitting there, like the damn door is open! … They forget to include the fact in all the Jewish youth “.
Maron admitted that he was “scared to talk about it” for fear of a backlash.
The couple also discussed anti-Semitism, with Rogen remembering that his father told him: “People hate Jews. Just be careful with that. “
“Honestly, it is something that I am glad to have been instilled from a young age, because if it were not, I would constantly be amazed at the number of mothers who hate Jews,” he said.
“It is pervasive and prevalent, and for many Jews it is so confusing that they do not assume it is true.”
The 38-year-old man noted that people “obviously hate people who don’t look like them” and wondered if “people also have a strange fear of [those] that they look like them but they do not believe the same as they do fundamentally ”.
You can listen to the full episode of Rogen’s appearance on WTF here.
New Rogen movie, An American pickleIt follows the story of Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish worker who moved to the United States in 1920 in hopes of building a better life for his family.
Working in a factory, Herschel falls into a vat of pickles and is perfectly preserved for 100 years, until he emerges in present-day Brooklyn and discovers that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson.
An American pickle premieres on HBO Max on August 6.