Israeli Celebs, Quizzed Over Pot Use, Say Even MKs Smoke It

'Everyone smokes cannabis - let's not make an issue out of it,' says actor Moshe Ivgy.

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Actress Keren Mor (center), actor Menashe Noy (right) with unidentified man on left.
Actress Keren Mor (center), actor Menashe Noy (right) with unidentified man on left. Credit: Emil Salman

Keren Mor, one of Israel's leading actresses, was questioned by Tel Aviv police Friday on suspicion of using marijuana. Police summoned Mor for questioning after they searched her house and found no drugs. The actress was questioned about whether she had any connection to the producer Eyal Peleg, who has been questioned on suspicion of selling drugs.

"I'm waiting for this stupid episode to pass, Mor told Channel 2. "It was nothing. They just wanted to ask what I thought, and I went [to be questioned]. I wasn't a suspect, and they didn't find anything." She suggested that the police called her in because she was well-known.

Mor's attorney, Carmel Betto, said: "Keren was invited in for questioning because of a suspicion that she used marijuana on a number of occasions. She was questioned by investigators, answered all their questions and after 10 minutes left the police station and went on her way. I assume that in this instance as in others like it, and in accordance with the instructions of the attorney general, this file will be expunged."

After the news came out of Mor's questioning by police, a number of celebrities spoke out against the police investigation. Prominent actor Moshe Ivgy told Channel 10: "The problem is not cannabis. The problem is that they're even getting involved in this. I know that Knesset members smoke cannabis, policemen smoke cannabis, everyone smokes cannabis – let's not make an issue out of it."

On Saturday producer Motty Reif acknowledged that he is one of the suspects in the case and that he smokes marijuana. He wrote a Facebook status reading: "My name is Motty Reif and I smoke grass. That's it, I've admitted it. I don't say this with pride, or with shame. I don't shout it and I don't whisper it. It's a fact. A part of my normal routine. Brush my teeth, go to work, eat, get a little sad, get a little happy, get tired. Feel love, feel pain, smoke a joint.

"In Israel 2014," Reif wrote, "when a [former] prime minister is accused of crimes, a [former] president sits in prison for rape, and organized crime families run wild in the streets, I really don't understand how my joint made it to the front pages and the TV news shows."

A high-ranking source in the Tel Aviv police department said that Mor and Reif, as well as another famous Israeli actor, were only questioned in order to build a case against Peleg, and that the three will not be indicted.

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