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Celebrities Praise Algemeiner in Red Carpet Interviews at Star-Studded Annual Gala (VIDEO)

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Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune with TV talk-show host Charlie Rose at the gala. Photo: Screenshot.

Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune with TV talk-show host Charlie Rose at the gala. Photo: Screenshot.

An eclectic mix of celebrities who had gathered to attend The Algemeiner’s 3rd Annual Jewish 100 Gala last month, gave their take on what the publication means to them as they walked the red carpet at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Among the illustrious guests were News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch, British Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, famed philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL), filmmaker Nancy Spielberg, Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and Broadway star Tovah Feldshuh. Asked by red carpet host actress/model Melissa Bolona, “What does The Algemeiner mean to you?” Feldshuh said, “Freedom of speech; being current.”

World-renowned attorney and human right activist Alan Dershowitz replied, “Positively Jewish.”

Philanthropist Jeffrey Rosen called The Algemeiner “an independent, objective news service that, no matter where you live in the world – Jewish or non-Jewish – you can get a sense of what’s happening, real time, from people on the ground.”

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BHL described the paper as “one of the last prominent and strong high-voice Jewish newspapers in the Western world.”

TV talk-show host Charlie Rose said The Algemeiner gives “testimony to freedom, human rights and liberty.”

Gove, the evening’s keynote speaker, said, “We need voices which stand up for democracy, at a time when, all too tragically, there are terrorists; there are extremists; and there are those with prejudices, particularly, but not exclusively, against the Jewish people, who need to be called out; who need to be confronted. And The Algemeiner does that.”

Mette Bentow, whose daughter’s bat mitzva was cut short by a terror attack at the Copenhagen synagogue where the event took place, praised The Algemeiner for “[giving] me a voice when I had none. They wrapped me in a warm blanket of Jewish unity. In a time where antisemitism is again sweeping across Europe, and where the BDS movement is gaining popularity by the minute, the need for a voice – our voice, my voice, a Jewish voice – is more important than ever.”

French Ambassador to the UN François Delattre called The Algemeiner “a very powerful platform to bring people and nations together and to say ‘no’ to antisemitism — ‘no’ to modern antisemitism.”

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