As “Homeland” films in Israel, cast member Mandy Patinkin speaks to Peace Now activists

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The cast of TV thriller “Homeland” arrived this week in Israel where part of the second season will be filmed. The Showtime series is based on an originally Israeli drama called Prisoners of War. It stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA officer who believes a Marine war hero held hostage by al Qaeda has been turned by the group. Actor Mandy Patinkin plays Saul Berenson, Carrie’s long suffering CIA boss, who gets her intelligence but is running out of options to cover for her increasing instability.

Patinkin, in real life, is also, for the past decade, a member of the board of the peace group, Americans for Peace Now. APN’s Ori Nir sends this photo of Patinkin in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Friday, before he spoke to a crowd of a few hundred progressive peace activists. Nir writes:

This photo was taken five minutes ago in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, during a tour that Israel’s Peace Now movement is organizing for Americans for Peace Now Board Member Mandy Patinkin and other cast members of the successful television series Homeland.

Patinkin, who has been on APN’s Board for over a decade, spoke today at Israel’s progressive camp’s second annual conference, organized by Peace Now, before a crowd of some 600 Israeli peace activists.

Patinkin spoke at the conference about touring the West Bank with Peace Now and urged participants to continue working for peace.

(Photo Credit: Hagit Ofran, Peace Now.)