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Pro-Israel celebrities range from veteran film actors to musicians to comedians. All have publicly supported Israel, signing statements against the boycott of Israel, or traveling to the country. Some have performed there and others have bought property, or been honored by Israeli institutions.

Social media spats and press feuds between pro and anti-Israel celebrities are common. Many of the most prominent celebrities for Israel have had public arguments, insulted anti-Israel figures, or written open letters addressed to other celebrities.

Here are some of the most well-known celebrities who support Israel.
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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Bon Jovi was scheduled to play an October, 2015, concert in Tel Aviv, and gave a statement expressing his opposition to a cultural boycott. "Yes, I heard about [the boycott] but it doesn’t interest me. I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I’m coming to Israel and I’m excited to come.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor Composer, + more

Credits: Armageddon, Stand Up Guys, Young Guns II, Spaceballs

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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While Madonna cancelled a show in Israel, she went there in 2015 in a secret visit. She was spotted with her daughter looking at property, specifically a luxury penthouse in Tel Aviv. She's also rumored to be performing in the country sometime in 2016.

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, USA

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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Stern has used his radio show to voice support for Israel, as well as to take issue with anti-Israel celebrities - most especially Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters. In October 2015, Stern spent seven minutes on his show attacking Waters and questioning why the musician seems to hate the small country so much.

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Actor, Radio personality Author, + more

Credits: Howard Stern on Demand, Private Parts, America's Got Talent, Howard Stern's Butt Bongo Fiesta

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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The late comedian vocally supported Israel, and as late as 2013 was ripping apart other celebs who disagreed with her. In a rant that went viral, Rivers went after pro-Palestine singer Selena Gomez, openly wondering if she could spell the word. She also hired a bodyguard because of death threats she got after advocating the bombing of Hamas by Israel - a statement she said was taken out of context.

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Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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The rapper defied the boycott of Israel to play a show in Tel Aviv in 2015. 25,000 fans turned out for the performance, one of the first American rap shows in the country. West was also reported to be looking at real estate in the country, and has had both his children baptized in Jerusalem.

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more

Credits: The Great Gatsby, Mission: Impossible III, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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The actress became the subject of controversy when she joined an ad campaign for SodaStream, a company based in the West Bank. She appeared in a 2014 Super Bowl ad for the company and both became embroiled in the Israel/Palestine feud. In 2015, SodaStream moved their plant from the West Bank to the Negev Desert, far from disputed territory.

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Age: 32

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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Rogen signed the 2014 pro-Israel statement, and had a very public Twitter spat with Ann Coulter after the conservative pundit went on a social media rant perceived as anti-semitic by many. 

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad, Knocked Up

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Israel
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Maher has steadfastly defended Israeli military action in Gaza, claiming Palestinans don't have the moral high ground, and are to blame for the deaths they've suffered from Israel's responses to rocket fire. Maher also took criticism for a tweet in which he compared the response to Hamas to hitting a woman.

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Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Commentator, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Real Time with Bill Maher, Religulous, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, Bill Maher: The Decider

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