Helen Mirren is recognized as a woman who played the part of the queen, but her less than royal role was picking grapes on a kibbutz in Israel shortly after the Six Day War in 1967.
"I had a Jewish friend many years ago and we visited Israel together as young backpackers," Helen recalls with a sparkle in her eyes reminiscing at the beginning of her love affair with Israel.
She worked in the vineyards at Kibbutz HaOn, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and then did a stint in the kitchen. The romance that started then has never waned. She has visited Israel several times since, and finds it difficult to explain what caused her to fall in love with Israel.
Ever since she has felt a strong attraction to Israel. "I believe that whoever supports the boycott of Israel is punishing not only the other side." She has come out strongly against the boycott, particularly the boycott of Israeli artists.
Mirren arrived in Israel this time to award the Genesis Prize to extraordinary Jewish figures, and the current recipient was violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Mirren is a woman with an important message to the world!
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