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Hate mail won’t stop Mayim Bialik: ‘Coming to Israel is a political act’

‘Big Bang Theory’ star tells ‘Post’ how she deals with social media backlash upon return to LA after recent trip to Israel.
ShowImage Mayim Bialik outside house of relative and poet Hayim Bialik . (photo credit:MAYIM BIALIK)

Actress Mayim Bialik is known for many things, among them old and current TV shows Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, her PHD in neuroscience, and her love for Israel. Last week she combined her passion for the holy land and her successful acting gig as the Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler, drawing an international CBS team to Israel for a photo shoot.

“I went with them to Paris two years ago and when they asked me where I wanted to do it this time, I said Israel.” She tells The Jerusalem Post.”I was amazed they took me up on it.” A large portion of her crew came from France, Italy and England, had never visited Israel before and came exclusively to work. “I think that’s kind of amazing,” Bialik enthuses. She describes the crew’s response to Israel as “overwhelmingly positive.”

“The country is far more complicated and fantastic than they had imagined and they can go back and report that Israel is a beautiful place that people can tour and take children to and it has great food and nightlife…that’s an amazing outcome,” she states.

Bialik notes that the only thing that slightly marred the trip was a stream of hateful messages on social media regarding the very fact that she was in Israel. She says she has received many messages over the years on her social media accounts with language as strong as “Hitler should come and finish the job.” Bialik tends to block the people behind these messages, saying she doesn’t like her social media account to be a platform for fighting and disinformation.

“Me coming to Israel is a political act simply because there are people who don’t believe in Israel’s right to exist,” she remarks, adding that this reality is “sobering” for her as an American Jew. “The fact that I’m visiting is enough for people to call for the destruction of the Jewish people.” Bialik emphasizes that this type of sentiment is not connected to her politics, but her simple presence in Israel. “I’m very clear on what anti-Semitism looks like.”


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