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Richard Gere Urges Palestinians To Vote

This is just weird.

Well known for his vocal support of Tibet's Dalai Lama and celebrated for his captivating good looks, Gere urged Palestinians in a television commercial broadcast ahead of Sunday's poll in the West Bank and Gaza to get out to vote for a new president to succeed Yasser Arafat, who died in November.

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Gere said in the advertisement. He repeated the final phrase in Arabic.

Why is Richard Gere doing this when I'd say probably less than 1% of the folks who saw his commercial knew who he was. But the best quote of the story goes to a soap-factory worker:
"I don't even know who the candidates are other than Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), let alone this Gere," Gaza soap factory worker Manar an-Najar told Reuters.

"We don't need the Americans' intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them -- they elected a moron."

Thanks Barney for the link.

Posted by Jake on 01/09/05 @ 12:56 PM
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