Inside the Middle East
October 30, 2010
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Pamela Anderson poses during the unveiling of a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) poster in London. (Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson poses during the unveiling of a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) poster in London. (Getty Images)

Former “Baywatch” star and Playboy cover girl Pamela Anderson is now involved in…Israeli politics.

Israeli Daily newspaper Yediot Aronoth reported this week that a letter written by the Hollywood star and noted animal rights activist was received at the office of Israel’s Minister of Religious Services, Ya’akov Margi,  of the religious  political party of Shas.

Anderson, who is due to visit Israel in a few weeks to make a guest appearance in the Israeli version of popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars”,  asked the minister to support a ground-breaking  bill that would ban the use of animal fur for the making of clothes, hats and other products in the Jewish State.

“I urge you to support this historic bill and speak up for the millions of animals who are bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their pelts each year" beseeched Anderson in her letter.

She also implored him to watch a graphic video from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

No word on the minister's response to the Hollywood starlet but according to the report, the minister has asked for the bill to be re-examined  due to the fact that many ultra-orthodox Jews living in Israel traditionally choose to cover their heads with large hats made of sable tails.

The distinctive head covering, called the streimel,  is worn by male adherents of various Jewish sects and is usually donned on the sabbath or high holidays.

While the market for the hats is small the price tags are not – milliners can fetch up to $5000 per streimel.

The sable covered hat is believed to have originated some 500 years ago in Russia after a government decree that all Jews identify themselves by attaching an animal's tail to their skull caps. What began as a humiliation eventually turned into accepted fashion spreading throughout the Jewish communities in Europe.

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John carmody   October 31st, 2010 9:51 am ET

Pam redefines what a celebrity does for a cause! She is a true animals' angel.

DaLe   October 31st, 2010 10:22 am ET

She cares about animals, she ain't afraid of a patriarchal system, and she is attractive. Rawr!

Mitzi Ocean   October 31st, 2010 10:39 am ET

The Beauty defending the Beasts

Pamela Anderson is living proof of beauty that is much more than skin deep. In her personal letter to Minister Margi, describing her dismay that he postponed the bill to ban the fur trade in Israel. The historic bill founded on the ethics to protect the hundreds of millions of animals that are “bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their pelts each year”, authored by mk Ronit Tirosh and The International Anti Fur Coalition is strongly supported both locally and globally.
Pamela included a video documenting the facts, states that “surely you will agree that the ways in which animals suffer and die in the fur trade violates Jewish principles, which strictly prohibit causing unnecessary suffering to animals”.
She concluded her letter by appealing to him, “As Israel's Minster of Religious Services, I hope that you will use your influence and this opportunity to spread a message of compassion for all living beings.”
Note that the wearing of the streimel, is NOT a religious obligation but a status choice within certain sects. It is in direct conflict with Jewish law on 'causing unnecessary suffering to animals”.

Jack   October 31st, 2010 11:30 am ET

How about asking israel to stop killing people first........

Mimibo   October 31st, 2010 12:03 pm ET

Pamela, the world needs more people like you. Animal cruelty is present in so many product we purchase. For most industries, profits are much more important than compassion and common sense. Thank you for speaking up against animal cruelty.

Reality Check   October 31st, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Without detracting from Ms Anderson's concern for animals, I am just wondering if it is ethical to implant silicone in animals, and if not why is it ok in humans?

Nobody   October 31st, 2010 12:50 pm ET

Really people? Really? Are you all vegans or something? Aren't we supposed to use all that we can from the animals that we eat? I know that I am not giving up meat cause some blondie think's it's uncool. How much meat does she pack away each week in some hidden closet? I am out, and I am proud to eat meat. I loves me some steaks and burgers. Don't mind chickens all that much either. Think that they are best fried. So now we are supposed to just kill them for food, but not for anything else? And then next, we won't be able to kill them for food either, cause some mamby pamby little girl has her panties in a wad that I am actually happy to eat a burger. You can all go suck one, and get back to that bacon/steak/burger you are shoveling in your face while typing your one handed replies.

Wasseem   October 31st, 2010 12:52 pm ET

Before asking this racist minister to support animal rights, you should urge him to end their crime against Palestinian people.
People who dont respect human beings rights can never respect animal rights.

BOYCOTT, SANCTIONS AND DIVENSTMENT against illegal occupation of Israel.

Golden State Girl   October 31st, 2010 1:07 pm ET

Congrats, Pam!

You are living proof that yes, women can be super sexy with a lovely cause that extends well beyond Hue Hefner's sole purpose of beautiful women: smearing them on the cover of Playboy! So happy you moved beyond that.....

Great job, Pamela!

Golden State Girl   October 31st, 2010 1:08 pm ET

To Nobody:

Well, your name says it all.

james   October 31st, 2010 1:11 pm ET

How do the Jews claim to be victims at the same time they terrorize Palestinians on Palestinians lands – and even deny them a state?

While the US supports this activity by giving more money to Israel than any other nation?

SANCTION ISRAEL until they stop the apartheid system in the occupied territories.

ree   October 31st, 2010 1:19 pm ET

Israel not killing anyone with any reason
so so think about

Andrew   October 31st, 2010 1:25 pm ET

Obviously Pamela does not get that Palestinians are the ones being systematically "mistreated" by Israel's apartheid policies. Otherwise, I don't think she would want to be associated with its fascist government.

Mike Milstei   October 31st, 2010 1:28 pm ET

I've never seen an animal with breasts like that, but I would certainly support a ban on their fur if I had

Mike Milstei   October 31st, 2010 1:30 pm ET

Israel is the only democracy in the middle eats. Do you think Pam can go to Saudi Arabia or Syria and express her opinion. NOT! So all you left wing liberal nut jobs should get a clue before you talk about your B.S.

miriam   October 31st, 2010 1:45 pm ET

Not mentioned is the fact that passing this bill would make Israel the FIRST country in the world to ban the fur trade.

Every country has groups that object to such legislation and consequently every country capable of passing legislation has its own issues.

Many of the Hassidic Jews in Israel who wear such hats have little respect for Israeli law and even if passed, this bill would still encounter opposition.

carole davis   October 31st, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Bravo, Pam! And Waseem and the rest of you posting about the politics of Israel versus the anti-Irrael hate mongers: this is about animal rights and nothing else.

I can only imagine attempting to pass an animal protection law in an Islamic state, where animals are considered not worthy of justice. It is difficult enough to attempt to battle the inexplicable injustice and crimes against women and girls in Islamic countries.

Mick   October 31st, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Amazing how any story about Israel, turns into a mideast shoot-out.

Secondly, why doesn't Pam just mind her own business on food? Why isn't she boycotting people working in vegetable factories who are skinning those 'taters alive?

If she won't wear animal by-products, then by default she is for the drilling of petroleum to extract polymers for her clothing line.

She's just whining for attention. Ignore her already.

Zohar Freiberg   October 31st, 2010 2:07 pm ET

Jack. how about asking Palestinian people to stop killing Israeli people first?...

Africape   October 31st, 2010 2:15 pm ET

She would make a better contribution if she could get the peace process moving again leading to a viable Palestinian state where people are treated just as human as herself.

Its a shame she is going to "dance the night away" while just a stone throw away woman like her are being treated inhumanly by Isreal's atrocities on the Palestinians.

Any thing for a quick buck I suppose.

Zohar Freiberg   October 31st, 2010 2:16 pm ET

Jack, it is the Palestinians who bomb buses and restaurants in Israel with suicide bombers and fire rockets and mortar bombs at homes, schools and synagogues in Israel.
Israel has a right to defend itself against such crimes against humanity.
Suspected human rights abusers in Israel don't go unpunished by the Israeli law authorities. I don't remember the Palestinian Authority indicting terrorist leaders for murdering Israeli men, women and children.
Four of my own relatives were wounded in a suicide bombing attack at a restaurant in Tel Aviv, 5 years ago. The Palestinian authority did not take any steps to punish the people who launched the suicide bomber for that.
The Palestinian Ministry of Education prints textbooks that portray Jews as dogs, pigs and monkeys, and teach Palestinian children that martyrdom is the most noble thing a Muslim should aspire for. On the other hand, Israeli textbooks teach Israeli school children about the value of peace.

Africape   October 31st, 2010 2:18 pm ET

Putting animal welfare above human welfare. Is it because the Palestinians are not of her "kind". An interesting world we live in.

Sophie   October 31st, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Ask this rogue state to stop killing people and stop the illegal colonisation !!!

Edward Jones   October 31st, 2010 2:52 pm ET

There is a word for people like Pam, (not allowed to say it) especially her, who constantly flaunts her nude body for money, anywhere she can get recognized, then in the same mouth, critize Northern Candians who take seals for their food, and she might try wearing "fur" to cover up her exploitive body! (from a Canadian)

Cocopuf   October 31st, 2010 3:10 pm ET

Jacks doesn't make much sense in what he says here.

Cocopuf   October 31st, 2010 3:18 pm ET

It is hard to have an intelligent discussion with one-sided people like Jack.

Cocopuf   October 31st, 2010 3:19 pm ET

Looks like CNN wants only one-sided discussion here.

1234566   October 31st, 2010 3:40 pm ET

I love my pets, but I am so over people trying to push not using leather, not eating meat, etc. I bet Pamela Anderson has been sick a time or two in her life, and do you know that thousands of animals are used as test subjects in the process of testing each and every medication that is available to you and I? So maybe she should stop taking any of the medications that she does.

As for doing this in Israel, maybe the “animals” she is referring to are the Palestinians??? If so, I completely support the bill to stop abusing the "animals".

DaLe   October 31st, 2010 3:46 pm ET

(btw, by attractive I mean that she isn't married, which makes her attractive regardless of body :P )

barrack   October 31st, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Jack your absolutely right.

karbvi   October 31st, 2010 4:32 pm ET


palestinians already have a state, its called Jordan, but even they don't want Hamas there as they only want to impose their crude and evil religion on all others.Israel should just completely take over and not worry about the sqeeling palestinians.Send them all back to where they belong Jordan and Syria.

Carl Adolfsson   October 31st, 2010 4:56 pm ET

Israel is one of the world's rouge states when it comes to its serious human rights violations. I support the idea that animals should not have to suffer, but first of all, I would try to contribute to the international community's long-term goal of making Israel a country that respects international law.

Felix   October 31st, 2010 5:07 pm ET

To all the arabs here who are lecturing Israel:
First stop killing your own people, accept gay people as they are,
let women live free as they want,
THEN come and make comments about the only democratic
state in the ocean of fanatics
Bunch of hypocrites!

Joaquim   October 31st, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Pamela Anderson is living proof of "big tits dont mean big brains" and that not every actor is fit to play politics.
Well fed and well positioned in life she has completly lost touch with basic human reality – like so many of her comrades-in-arms. While she posts nude for their holy goals her friends in Peta execute surplus animals in their animal shelters by the million.
Perversion pure, plain degeneration.

redflags   October 31st, 2010 5:16 pm ET

Israel is an apartheid state that rejects the idea of human rights and international law. They process the world's blood diamonds and have a massive nuclear arsenal threatening a holocaust in the region. Animals should be treated with dignity, but a militarized garrison self-defined as a racist entity may not be the best place to argue for fair treatment of animals. Israel dropped white phosphorus on refugee camps from F16s. Hopefully Pam Anderson can find it in her heart to see all people as equal, and not just minks.

manny.b   October 31st, 2010 5:16 pm ET

Jewish religious law does not allow mistreatment of animals so I cannot see any religious Jew fighting against this.

miriam   October 31st, 2010 5:17 pm ET


"Women like her" would be subject to many atrocities committed by the Arab leadership.

Arab women in Israel are allowed to live however they or their husbands want. Under Arab control, they live as their husbands and the state want.

I'm sure Abbas would listen were she to tell him that he needs to get back to the negotiating table rather than create pre-conditions that are up to negotiation not demand!

Wallace Ryan   October 31st, 2010 5:29 pm ET

She's an urban bigot. Fur is the most natural clothes there is! Why doesn't she speak out against PETA killing thousands of animals(

Oh, that's right...she works for them.


ho63   October 31st, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Stop it. don't pick on Pam, you know she's not very bright.She's only
trying to stay in the news as nobody cares for her acting and anything else. A total bimbo.

Zak   October 31st, 2010 6:07 pm ET

They have no problem torturing and killing people, demolishing homes, uprooting trees, burning mosques and churches, do you think they have little mercy or really care for these poor animals?!!!! That bill will never see the light of day. Good luck with that..

kg2011   October 31st, 2010 6:35 pm ET

I believe we as human beings should have a little more respect for mother nature, and the animals that she provides us humans with, we should only kill animals as a food source nothing more, and nothing less. that is the way mother nature intended it and so it must be so.

People may think that " oh what about humans", OMG we as humans are forgetting there other living creatures on this planet and should learn to appreciate that they have more rights to this planet as we humans do if we kill every living creature on this planet, then what do humans do, we die.

Humans actually need more of Nature than nature needs of humans. Remember this in the end, Nature will win and humans will loose if we do not act now then we are the foolish ones not Nature.

Neeely   October 31st, 2010 6:59 pm ET

It all depends if the animal is cute or not. Right?

lifeisfirst   October 31st, 2010 7:09 pm ET

I don't know what's more stupid: The fact that 500 years ago Russia made all Jews identify themselves by attaching an animal's tail to their skull caps, or that some Jews have continued to do so until this day.

karbvi   October 31st, 2010 7:20 pm ET

wallace ryan skinning live animals for their fur is the most natural clothes there is, are you mad or just plane stupid, I bet you watch the fox channel and voted for that idiot bush too.You are an urban fool

NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion   October 31st, 2010 7:46 pm ET

I prefer human breasts. Do rational people tend to wonder what someone who placed 74th in the world in intelligence thinks about everyday issues? NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

George   October 31st, 2010 7:53 pm ET

She can't even read a book but she is getting involved in something that deep?

Mohammad   October 31st, 2010 7:59 pm ET

Playboy cover girl Pamela Anderson + Israel = matches

Someone in the know   October 31st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I think she should stick to Playboy and the likes and stop sticking her nose everywhere else. After all, her many assets hardly include education and truly worldly views.

Sam   October 31st, 2010 9:34 pm ET

What kind of credibility or morality values can someone like Pamela Anderson have ?? First she makes a living out of showing her body to half the planet, now she comes to lecture us in what looks more like a clever publicity stunt arranged by her reps... If she had any morals she should have nothing to do with a blood stained state such as Israel to start with...

Alban   October 31st, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Would be much wiser if she apealed to israeli cabinet to make peace with palestinians and stop killing of inocent people every day.
p.s love animals but human beign comes first

Dee   October 31st, 2010 10:11 pm ET

There is nothing called Palestinian people. They are Egyptians, Jordanians and Syrians. There has never been a country called palestine and they will never be a country called palestine. all nations were founded by men's doing except Israeli. Abrahah was granted the title deed to that land by God. Its time we start respecting that.

Kelly   October 31st, 2010 10:11 pm ET

It is not surprising that Pamela approached Israel, as the only democracy is the Middle East would be more open and willing to entertain such notions.The fascist dictatorships that prevail in the majority of the Middle East would not grant a half dressed blonde reception, never mind consider her advice on national policy.

Steve   October 31st, 2010 11:20 pm ET

Millions of Palestinians live under Israeli military occupation for 60 years, and millions others are refugees. Israel also commited masacres in Jenin and gaza. Fur and animal's rights are a good thing, but how about PEOPLE RIGHTS. Where is America when it comes to the human rights of Palestinian people?

Steve   October 31st, 2010 11:30 pm ET

To Zohar Freiberg who says Palestinians teach their kids to hate Isralis and that Israeli textbooks teach Israeli school children about the value of peace. So how come Israel is the one not respecting Palestinians rights to live free from Israeli occupation? And how come Israel killed 4x as many Palestinian women and children, as the "evil" Palestinian did to Israelis? Let me introduce you to a new concept called "facts".

Josh   October 31st, 2010 11:39 pm ET

She wears "Plastic" constantly, and as part of my global warming campaign I believe she should recycle all the plastic material she has on her before she can be taken seriously.
The world is in danger of global warming and people wearing plastic poses a threat to all of us.
Pamela, clean up your own back garden before wanting to clean up your neighbor's back garden.

Killy   November 1st, 2010 12:42 am ET

i doubt that if she really got invovled in that thing,and the way she 'did'

manny.b   November 1st, 2010 1:42 am ET


You are so right. They are both beautiful and protective of those they love.

RobRoy   November 1st, 2010 2:12 am ET

Does this include those hats made of Mink the Hisidics wear(LOL) Heck the Zionists have no problem killing innocent Palestinians why does she think they will give up killing sheep and lambs or other animals to praise Yahew or whoever the Zionists see as a God. She needs to study the Zionists a little better the Zionists have been killing since they Killed Jesus and they will only stop when the world gets tired of thier Terroristic habits and brings the murderers to justice.

Bruce from Bathurst St.   November 1st, 2010 3:12 am ET

Now is about as good a time as any to tell “the world… the left…Europe to stay out of our nations internal affairs.

On the other hand, perhaps a deal can be worked out with the left. We will advertise to our nation to abstain from most energy consumption one day a week if they cease from banning Israeli Politicians from speaking on Western College campuses. Ask PITA to sponsor Israeli speakers on Western campuses.

Sam   November 1st, 2010 10:29 am ET

That is the most ridiculous argument I ever heard. So all these jews that keep migrating to Palestinian territory and moving into the land that Palestinians have inhabited for centuries have God' blessing therefore are right to kick families form their land and homes ??
That is the most arrogant and selfish argument anyone can ever use... and is the main reason why I strongly support and hope for the best of the Palestinian people.
The state of Israel is synonym of racism, abuse and greed. The only excuse for what they are doing has to be some kind of divine or extraterrestrial prophecy since there is just no justified argument.

miriam   November 1st, 2010 12:45 pm ET


Now the real facts, not the propaganda.

The Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza (they didn't call themselves Palestinians until after 1967) were under Jordanian and Egyptian occupation between 1948 and 1967.

Israel captured those territories in 1967 in a defensive war. Since Jordan and Egypt were not recognized internationally as the sovereign rulers, the territories cannot be refered to as "occupied" by Israel.

There were more Jewish refugees from Arab countries resulting from the Arab invasion of Israel than there were Arabs from Israel.

If you believe that in war casualty count is more important than self-defence, then the answer to your question is that there are higher Palestinian casualties because their terrorist fight from within their homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. It is quite incredible that the death rate isn't higher. Perhaps that has something to do with the extreme precautions Israel takes in trying to prevent innocent casualties, continuing referencing and consulting international humanitarian law.

It is evident that you still believe the disinformation and myths deseminated by the Palestinian leaderships. You should know that it has mostly been disproven.

Steve   November 1st, 2010 12:57 pm ET

To Dee, that says Israelis are given the land of Palestine by God, and that there is no such thing as Palestine! So lets see, if my "God" says your country is mine, I may come to your house and kick you out and murder your country's men women and children, and deny the living their freedom? Whatever "God" does that is one that is not worthy of worshiping. Either your facts are not correct, or your religion.

Mohammad   November 1st, 2010 6:15 pm ET

yes you are right, they are protective to the people they love by digging in history to find any excuse to piece of land to put their scattered people in it. And using power and murder to kill its people that inherited it father after father. That kind of people they ganna love.

Steve   November 2nd, 2010 1:01 am ET

Mariam, why are you so obssessed with "technicalities" and missing the reality that millions of people, humans, like you and me, are suffering from occupation. Israel today is denying these people the right to live free from occupation. These simply do not want Israeli forces in their lands. How hard is that to understand! Who cares if you think they should be called "Palestinians" or what the status of Jordan and Egypt is or was.

You, maybe not intentionally, try to justify occupation in any way you can and the "good" inside you uses such justification as a "defense mechanism" to protect yourself from feeling guilty. This is understandable. But such justifications mean that millions of people's right are being denied by Israel. How could you live with that or justify that?!

Please focus on the suffering of people and their right to choose they live under which rule.

miriam   November 2nd, 2010 11:35 am ET


"technicalities" are sometimes neccesary to explain the truth.

The reality is that most of the Palestinians are living under their own leadership and are free to do whatever their leaders permit.

Despite the fact that the territories have never been "their lands", there are many Palestinians who will admit that they prefer Israeli governance over their own.

It would be useful to concentrate on the technicalities and the realities rather than on the false rhetoric and mantras.

Steve   November 2nd, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Mariam, if the lands in Palestine do not belong to people who lived there for thousands of years, then who does it belong to? A jew from Europe or the US?!

Palestinians lived in these lands under the othaman emptire for many generations, so it is their lands. Jews that came from Europe and other continents never seen these lands not did their fathers or grandfathers, or grand grand fathers. So, that is how it is their lands.

And you know they are not living under the governace of their own leadership truly. They live under Israeli occupation, which controls their movement and creates settlements on their lands. Israel is denying them freedoms that you will never accept to be taken from you.

This is not rhetoric or mantras, this is the sad truth that millions of people are suffering because of Israeli occupation. How could you deny these simple facts is beyond me!

miriam   November 5th, 2010 10:18 am ET


There has been a continual presence of Jews in the Holy Land for over 3000 years, despite exiles, expulsion and massacres.

The Land has been central to Jews, historically, religiously and culturally for centuries despite their forced residence in the diaspora.

European and American Jews have rarely spent more than a couple of generations in one place, having been thrown out or murdered wherever they thought they had found refuge, often accompanied with calls for them to return to their own land.

Not to forget the Jews from North Africa and the Arab/Muslim world who had to live as dhimmis, often also suffering violence and massacre and expulsion.

Under Ottoman control, it was the Ottomans who took ownership of most of the lands in their empire, employing local and migrant workers who were mostly Arab since Jews had to live in towns due to Arab attacks.

Inceased immigration of Jews in the 19th century, resulting from anti-Semitism and violence in Europe, was accompanied by land purchases from the Ottomans. Agriculture began to flourish as did the economy, attracting migrants from throughout the Arab world. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire, many Arabs claimed ownership of the lands they had been employed to work on including lands already purchased by Jews. Under the British, Arabs continued migrating to the areas the Jews were investing and improving living standards in, while at the same time immigration of Jews was being limited.

These Arab migrants and their descendents comprise most of those who only since 1967 have refered to themselves as Palestinians.

Most of "their" lands were never legally purchased, inherited or acquired.

Of course most of the Palestinians are living under their own leadership and are increasingly not shy to complain about it, despite the risks involved in doing so.

Jewish communities have been built on land legally acquired and on the lands defined as "mewat" under Ottoman land laws, ie, land that was uninhabited, stoney, broken, uncultivated and incapable of cultivation.

Too often, false rhetoric has been repeated so many times, it is believed to be the truth, when in actual fact, it is dishonest and misleading, aimed at delegitimization of Israel and derived from anti-Semitism.

Bernie   November 8th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

I have to say that the poster with pamela scantily clad and partitioned with dots does not make eating meat less appetizing.

Just FYI, I linked to this article from mine – Pamela Anderson Has Fur Flying In Israel.

Filipe   November 11th, 2010 1:21 pm ET


Those who should feel guilty about the plight and circumstances of the Palestinian people are the Palsestinians themselves and the Arabs who made many many ignorant decisions--beginning in 1947. If they had chosen to accept the proposal by the UN and it's member nations at that time, there would be a free and independent Arab state today.

You need to the burden of resposibility where to belongs.

And contrary to your thoughts, the Jewish people have had a presence in the land of Israel, Judea and Samaria for over 3 millenia.

The Arabs who are there now are exactly that-Arabs-- who migrated form the Arabian peninsula. They have no more rights to any of the property than the Jewish people.

It's too bad their Arab leaders made such ignorant decisions in the past 62 years. They wouldn't be in the position they are today.

John A   November 24th, 2010 4:36 pm ET

Just so a Pam blog doesn't finish with 69 positioned comments, here is number 70

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