Actor Wallace Shawn Speaks out Against Apartheid Israel

(New York City, October 6-7, 2012)  Actor Wallace Shawn (pictured with Deborah Eisenburg, below), known for his many roles in various films, (Manhattan, Princess Bride, Gossip Girl),television dramas, and distinguished voice overs (Rex in Toy Story, Taotie in Kung Fu Panda) for numerous animated films, has voiced support for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

“As an American taxpayer and sometimes voter, I’m very directly responsible for the crimes that have been committed against the Palestinian people,” says one of America’s most famous faces, character actor and playwright Wallace Shawn in this 2.5-minute video clip endorsing the upcoming Russell Tribunal on Palestine, coming to New York City October 6–7, 2012.

Shawn, who is Jewish and is a member of  the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, recorded this 2.5-minute video clip endorsing the need for a full investigation into the crimes against the Palestinian people by Israel financed by US tax dollars.

Shawn invites everyone to join him in hearing the world’s most prominent public intellectual Noam Chomsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, and civil rights leader Angela Davis who will be offering and weighing testimony at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir people to action in opposition to Israel’s violations of international law. In addition, Russell Means and Dennis Banks, dubbed by the LA Times, “the two most famous Indians since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse,” will join Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, former Palestine Liberation Organization legal advisor Diana Buttu, and a who’s who of international human rights figures at RToP in New York City, Oct. 6-7, 2012.

RToP was launched in 2009 following Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza, which killed more than 1400 Palestinians, and has since worked to bring together legal experts, scholars, activists, and other people of note to help shed light on the reality of Israel’s 45-year-old occupation of Palestinian land. RToP also shines a light on the active role that third parties—foreign governments and corporations—play in perpetuating human rights violations in Israel-Palestine.

Walker, Davis, Means, and Banks are among the Russell Tribunal participants to issue an “urgent call to others who share our commitment to racial justice, equality, and freedom.” They invite people to attend the hearings in New York City on October 6 and 7, writing, “Each and every one of us—particularly those of us and our fellow jury members who grew up in the Jim Crow South, in apartheid South Africa, and on Indian reservations in the United States—is shocked by what Israel is doing to the Palestinians.”

Previous sessions of the tribunal have been held in Barcelona, London, and Cape Town. These hearings have addressed, respectively, European Union support for Israel, the complicity of corporations in the occupation of Palestine, and the question of whether Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. The fourth and final session will be held in New York City this October 6-7, and will examine the role of the United Nations and the United States in perpetuating Israel’s impunity in depriving the Palestinian people of their right to self-determination.

Please watch this video featuring actor and playwright Wallace Shawn. If you want more information about the Russell Tribunal on Palestine-NYC or to arrange for an interview with one of our speakers or jurors, please call Sherry Wolf at 773-991-3877 or e-mail


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