Shatner Visits Israel To Help Disabled Children

By Michelle
June 1, 2006 - 9:22 PM

While visiting Jerusalem, William Shatner (Kirk) reiterated his hope that helping Israeli and Palestinian children with therapeutic horse riding will lead to dialogue toward peace.

"We know that the use of a horse in their therapy takes them beyond their handicapped body, their injured body, and into another area of health," Shatner told

He hopes to raise $10 million dollars along with the Jewish National Fund for riding programs in Israel, and said that Jordanians and Egyptians as well as Palestinians and Israelis will be invited to participate in sending disabled children to ride.

Shatner and his wife Elizabeth have visited Israel together once before. He has been involved for many years with California's therapeutic riding group Ahead With Horses.

KSBW noted that Shatner hoped to establish nearly 30 centers in Israel like Ahead With Horses.

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