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Friday, June 22, 2012

Uncle Rush Urges Peace in the Middle East

We always love to hear of Uncle Rush's continued outreach works as he is always pushing to create a better world for us all. His trip to the middle east is no exception. As Hip Hop, fashion and internet mogul Russell Simmons sees it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like "a rap beef" that can be resolved through dialogue and understanding.

"A little trust, and it's over," he said.

The cofounder of the pioneering Def Jam Recordings record label is in Israel on the invitation of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

When he isn't managing his clothing line Phat Farm promoting artists, or running his online site, Global Grind, Simmons champions an eclectic mix of causes, from veganism to gay rights to yoga. He walks the walk and shows the world daily WHO'S HOT!

In Israel, he's focusing on interfaith trust. He said creating dialogue should be as simple as a mediating a rap battle, were it not for the political deadlock between Palestinians and Israelis.

Muslims and Jews "have the same aspirations and goals that are much greater than the things they call differences," Simmons said.

Simmons arrived in Israel on behalf of a foundation that aims to promote face-to-face dialogue between ethnic and religious communities. He discussed yoga with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Ahmed Hussein, and received a blessing from the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz.

Simmons even did a headstand for his kids in front of the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest sites to Muslims.

As usual, he keeps it real for us and is a great role model, especially for his kids. Great Job Uncle Rush, to are truly an inspiration to us all!

namaste

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Source AP

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