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June 12, 2013 11:07 am

Comedian Russell Brand to Visit Israel, Synagogues and Mosques On Comedy Tour

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British comedian Russell Brand is embarking on a new comedy tour, and he plans on making a few countries in the Middle East the target of his social commentary.

According to the Jewish Chronicle, stops on the tour will include shows in synagogues and mosques in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Authority controlled territories, where he will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

Brand is promoting the tour, The Messiah Complex, using an image of himself wearing a necklace made up of symbols that include a Star of David, a swastika and a cross.

The Jewish Chronicle quoted Brand as saying: “I am going to tour the world with Messiah Complex causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.

“Of course I’ll be in English-speaking countries (UK, Ireland, US, Canada) but also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; anywhere that will have me, to be honest, and that are relaxed about free speech.

“As well as theatres I will be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, synagogues and in people’s private homes.”

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  • Yes!! please do . russel brand change so many people lives . from bee n asleep to wake up !! yes!!

  • Din

    From Israel right here, Absolutely LOVE russell brand. come here now!

  • Joe

    This can be great PR for Israel. Jews have always been pretty good at rolling with the punches, especially when it comes to comedy. The Arabs on the other hand, well…

  • Lynne T

    It remains to be seen if Brand will be allowed to perform in Palestine. Neither Hamas nor Fatah are likely to allow a performance that mocks Islam or Mohammed in any way. Putin’s Russia is also an unlikely venue for a performance that mocks Christianity.

  • anthony c abela

    Israel, prepare yourselves to meet the re-incarnation of belzebub. May Yaweh be with you all until this moron leaves your shores. He is a poor excuse for a human being. Shalom.