Is George Clooney “Saving Sudan” for Israel?
George Clooney’s recent arrest during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC focused simplistic media attention on the rather more complex conflict between Khartoum and the Nuba mountain people.
Along with fellow Hollywood actors Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, Clooney is a co-founder of Not On Our Watch, whose nice-sounding mission is “to focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world.” The NGO’s two other co-founders — David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub — may be less well-known but most likely played a more seminal role in the pro-interventionist organization’s founding. A former special assistant to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and currently President Obama’s Director for War Crimes Atrocities and Civilian Protection, it was Pressman who took Clooney on his first trip to Darfur in 2006. An Aish.com profile of Weintraub, subtitled “From Presley to Presidents, this Star of David has seen it all,” reveals the Hollywood producer’s government connections extend even beyond Washington:
Pick a time — any time, and you might catch him shmoozing with longtime pal George Bush Sr., Will Smith, “Bibi” Netanyahu, or George Clooney. And yes, phoning and flying around to meet world leaders, also his buddies, in support of Israel — if Israel asks him to do so.
Considering Israel’s longstanding and central role in the ongoing destabilization of Sudan, one can’t help wondering whether his pal “Bibi” might have asked Weintraub to exploit the celebrity of his presumably unsuspecting Not On Our Watch co-founders Clooney, Pitt, Damon and Cheadle “in support of Israel.”