Shortly after actor Morgan Freeman posted a Facebook profile picture in which he is smiling against the background of Jerusalem’s Old City, his Facebook page—which is liked by more than 18.5 million people all over the world—has become a battleground for Israel’s supporters and haters.
What seemingly may have set off the attack against Freeman is that Freeman wrote under the photograph that it was taken in “Jerusalem, Israel.”
Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme was similarly attacked two weeks ago when he wrote “Jerusalem, Israel” under a photo. It took Van Damme an hour to change this to “Jerusalem.” However, Freeman’s caption stood strong for almost 24 hours.
Freeman is currently promoting his National Geographic Channel series, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman,” which has been setting record ratings for the National Geographic Channel and is the fourth most-watched program of all time for the network.
The six-part miniseries follows Freeman as he travels to 20 cities in 7 countries in an attempt to find answers to the mysteries of faith. The photo was taken when Freeman was filming in Israel in October 2015.
Israelis decided to comment favorably on Freeman’s photo and are seemingly in the majority.
“Welcome to Israel, dear Morgan!”, wrote Lev Solodkin, a popular young nationalist Facebook figure and the son of a former MK. “So good to see you here, and to see the Israeli flag waving in the back of your photo – in the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Am Israel Hai!”
“I loved you and appreciated you before”, wrote Sarit Shatz, “and now I love you and respect you even more. Welcome to Israel and to my and my mother’s birth city.”
Activist and terror survivor Kay Wilson wrote: “Thank you for coming with an open heart. Thank you for having a mind of your own and not giving in to bullies. May you be blessed with every single moment as you travel our wonderful country.”