Anyone who recently scrolled through any social-media feeds may have noticed the widespread anti-Israel sentiments sparked by the war in Gaza.

It may seem that popular opinion, including among celebrities, has been swayed in a direction that does not favor Israel.

But there are still quite a few media personalities who are not only willing to show their support for the Jewish state, but even come all the way to the Holy Land to witness the current reality from up close.

Here is a list of VIPs who visited Israel since the October 7 attacks six months ago:

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld

The comedian, famous for his 90s sitcom Seinfeld,” has never involved himself in politics. He first addressed the October 7 attacks in an Instagram post two days later, writing: “I lived and worked on a kibbutz in Israel when I was 16 and I have loved our Jewish homeland ever since.”

His wife, cookbook author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld, has also been very active on social media since October 7, calling for the release of the Israeli hostages held in Gaza and promoting rehabilitation efforts.

The Seinfelds came to Israel in December 2023. Donning “Bring Them Home” dog tags, the two met with hostage families and visited Kibbutz Be’eri, ravaged by Hamas on October 7.

Michael Rapaport 

Rapaport has become one of the most prominent pro-Israel voices on social media since the start of the latest war. He has been calling for the release of the hostages in spite of countless virtual attacks by anti-Israel activists.

The actor-director has visited Israel several times in the past six months, and even appeared on the popular Israeli satirical sketch show “Eretz Nehederet” (“A Wonderful Country”).

From meeting with hostage families to visiting war-ravaged parts of the country, the actor has been documenting his time in Israel for social media. He has also recently started a podcast inviting prominent Israeli and Jewish voices to help shed more light on the conflict.

Tiffany Haddish

The actress and comic discovered that she was half Jewish when she met her biological father at the age of 27. Her late father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, was of Eritrean Jewish descent. Since then, the 44-year-old actress has fully embraced the Jewish side of her heritage, having a bat mitzvah at the age of 40.

She has not been very vocal since October 7, so it took her social-media followers by surprise when she announced in February she was set to travel to Israel “to learn and see with my own eyes.”

Haddish lost over 15,000 followers in the first hours following her announcement. But the comedian remained defiant, posting her Holy Land experiences to social media, which included meetings with the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities in Israel.

Elon Musk

The CEO of Tesla and X (formerly Twitter) visited Israel in November 2023. The visit came on the heels of accusations that his social-media platform promotes antisemitism, which engulfed X following the start of the war in Gaza.

Musk rejected the accusations and said his visit was one of solidarity. He visited the communities torched by Hamas on October 7 and met with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog.

Musk later said that he will keep wearing the hostage dog tag he was given during his trip until all the Israeli captives are freed.

Lee Kern 

The British writer and co-producer of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” has also been very vocal on his social media since the start of the war about Israel’s right to defend itself.

Kern has visited Israel on several occasions in the past few months, and recently announced he will be immigrating to Israel soon.

He has been documenting his trips to war-ravaged areas, as well as showing ordinary life in Israel, including learning Hebrew and doing humorous reviews of local bomb shelters.

Daniel Ryan Spaulding

The openly gay world-traveling comedian went viral on social media at the start of the current war after posting a short video lampooning the LGBTQ community for siding with Hamas.

The Canadian comic, who isn’t Jewish, has since been documenting instances of antisemitism in the LGBTQ community around the world.

Spaulding landed in Tel Aviv in late March, where he hosted social events for the locals and met with Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai. He also visited the Western Wall and met with the families of the hostages, documenting his experiences for his 200,000 Instagram followers.

Dave Rubin  

This political commentator has also been very vocal on social media about Israel’s right to defend itself since October 7.

The 47-year-old former comic last visited Israel in 1997, when he spent a semester studying at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva.

The creator and host of The Rubin Report finally arrived in Israel last month. He visited the sites of the October 7 atrocities and even provided a walking tour of Jerusalem for the viewers of his show.

Bari Weiss 

The visit to Israel of the former New York Times journalist and founder of The Free Press is probably the only one characterized by something that transcends social media.

Weiss and her team interviewed not only the families of the hostages, but also survivors of the Supernova music festival massacre and local media people, including Arab Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish.

The 40-year-old media personality has since also written several articles recounting her experiences in Israel and her general feelings about the Holy Land, concluding: “A free society is only as strong as the citizens willing to defend it.”

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