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Israeli Lead Actor in Netflix Series About Biblical Figure Moses Calls Support From Arab Countries ‘Heartwarming’

Avi Azulay, left, as Moses in the Netflix miniseries “Testament: The Story of Moses.” Photo: Screenshot

Israeli actor Avi Azulay, who stars as the biblical figure Moses in a new three-episode show streaming on Netflix, talked about the “amazing and very moving” feedback the miniseries has received from viewers around the world and especially in Arab countries.

Testament: The Story of Moses, which was produced in Turkey and released on March 27, is about the life of Moses and his rise to become the prophet and savior of the Jewish people.

“From the banks of the Nile to Mount Sinai to the Red Sea, Testament seamlessly interweaves gripping docudrama and expert interviews, revealing Moses’ intensely personal quest for redemption—setting in motion some of the most inspiring and iconic events in the Bible, Qur’an and Torah,” Netflix said in its synopsis of the show.

While some on social media have criticized various historical inaccuracies in Testament, the miniseries is currently the most watched series on Netflix in the US and the second most watched English-language series globally, with 13.5 million views around the world. It is also among the top 10 shows on Netflix in 91 countries and held the number one spot in countries like Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“What excites me the most is receiving feedback from Arab countries that support and love the series,” Azulay told Ynet about the success of Testament, which features other Israeli cast members as well. “We are currently in first place in many countries worldwide, and it’s simply heartwarming and immensely enjoyable. I am grateful for it.”

“It surprised me very, very positively to see all the Arab countries supporting us, loving the series, respecting the players,” he added. “Only really good things, from every direction. I receive around a thousand messages a day, not only from Arab countries of course – from all over the world, and as I said It really gives me hope.”

Azulay said fans in the Arab world have told him “You are our prophet” and “We love you,” and praised him for his “amazing role” in the miniseries. “I have not come across any comments about being Jewish or Israeli, which is lovely in my eyes and makes my heart and soul feel good,” he noted. “I suddenly feel that there is hope, it makes me feel good that there are people who see beyond.”

Azulay also talked about the timeliness of Testament and it being released after the deadly Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks in southern Israel and amid a rise in antisemitism worldwide.

“There’s something about this series, and I have received a lot of feedback about it, that it’s particularly suitable for the situation we are in now,” the actor explained. “I received a lot of responses from Israelis because the message of the series is that we need to be together.”

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

The post OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

The post Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023 first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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