March 15, 2012
Two rabbis join George Clooney in protest of Sudanese government
In the ceaseless work of repairing the world, George Clooney will rub shoulders with two activist rabbis, who will join him tomorrow at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington to protest the Sudanese government’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to endangered citizens.
The actor has been crusading on behalf of Sudanese civilians for nearly a decade, though the situation remains dire. Clooney has apparently found two allies in Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, who will join him for at least one leg of a Washington trip that will reportedly culminate with meetings with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to The Daily Beast.
Earlier this week, Clooney made an illegal trip to the oil rich region of the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan, where the Arab-dominated Sudanese government has been conducting missile strikes against its own citizens. Much like the situation in Sderot, Israel, where inhabitants live in fear of aerial attacks, Clooney captured the everyday challenges these Sudanese villagers face in a Youtube video.
But while Clooney’s celebrity has brought needed attention to the region, it has not resolved the conflict. Clooney told the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday night that the situation is worse than ever.
The battle for survival in a hostile environment is a familiar struggle for Jews the world over, who have been subjected to the worst impulses of humanity over the course of their existence. Let this be a wake-up call and rallying cry that no one should rest until the whole world is redeemed.
From an Associated Press report on Clooney’s work: