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Meet Eliad Cohen, the model Debra Messing teamed up with to free Israeli hostages

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Feb. 20, 2024, 7:22 p.m. ET

What do Debra Messing and the attractive model Eliad Cohen have in common? The passion to free Israeli hostages held captive by the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Cohen, 35, was one of several Jewish celebrities with whom Messing, 55, joined in New York City last fall to shed light on the horrific terrorist attacks of October 7, 2023 that devastated Israel and many residents and visitors Lives were taken – and almost 200 were kidnapped.

“I flew from Miami and met Debra there for the first time and she was super, super sweet,” the multi-hyphenate says in an exclusive interview with Page Six, recounting his time in the Big Apple with Will & Grace. star, plus other notable activists.

Eliad Cohen tells Page Six about his work with Debra Messing freeing Israeli hostages. Page six

“It was a very emotional moment for all of us,” he adds.

Cohen and Messing were joined by Israeli actress Noa Tishby, Israeli singer Noa Kirel and “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast host Amanda Hirsch, who walked the streets of Manhattan around posters with the faces of men, women and children to hang those who were taken from their families, friends and homes.

For his part, Cohen highlighted the story of Margalit Moses, a kidnapped 78-year-old native Israeli.

The attractive model was one of several Jewish celebrities with whom Messing worked in New York last fall to shed light on Hamas' horrific terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023. Eliad Cohen/Instagram“It was a very emotional moment for all of us,” says Cohen, pictured here with Messing and fellow activist Noa Tishby. Eliad Cohen/InstagramThe nightlife enthusiast and DJ describes the “Will & Grace” star as “super cute.”

“I just said, 'That could be our mother.' “It could be that our mother is kidnapped unarmed in a place without knowing where she is or what time it is,” he tells us. “And it’s just scary.”

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What is also frightening for Cohen is the increasing anti-Semitism on social media, where his reach is enormous with more than 1.4 million Instagram followers.

Cohen, a former Israeli Defense Forces member who has more than 1.4 million Instagram followers, says he fights anti-Semitism by spreading love on social media. eliad_cohen/Instagram

Despite all the hate directed at him, the former Israel Defense Forces member – who, as a proud gay man, is also a prominent figure within the LGBTQIA+ community – chooses to lead with love.

“I am Israeli, I was born in Israel. I've been in the army for three years, so I've lived it. And then people who have never been to the Middle East have such strong opinions without knowing what is really going on,” says the nightlife lover.

“On my social media, all of my campaigns are now focused on the hostages and spreading love,” he continues, noting the ongoing divide between those who support Israel and those who support Palestine – where Hamas wields power. even if it is the country's citizens do not agree with their government.

Amid socio-political divisions, the newly minted DJ explores the theme of unity on his single “In Common” featuring Nikki Valentine. eliad_cohen/Instagram

“I post that you can love Palestinians without hating Israelis, and that you can love Israelis without hating Palestinians.”

This theme of unity is reflected in his recently released single “In Common” – a sparkling EDM cover of Alicia Keys' anthemic 2016 hit – which saw the newly minted DJ collaborate with pop singer Nikki Valentine.

However, he points out that the track was recorded before the socio-political unrest in the Middle East began to unfold last year.

“I worked on this about six months ago, before the new reality we live in began. But yes, we have a lot in common. Wherever you are, wherever you live, we have a lot in common,” he explains.

“For me the lyrics are the most important thing and one of the most beautiful things about this song [its message of] How imperfect we all are, we are all messed up.”

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