As I have posted on this blog, there is no shortage of celebrities who have thrown their hat in the ring with the palestinians and even Hamas. Celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, Russell Brand, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
But now, a whole bunch of heavyweight celebrities have come out behind Israel, signing the following statement of support that will initially be published in magazines Billboard, Variety and Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, and later be featured in influential newspapers in the US.
It’s like the Expendables of pro-Israel celebrities (and even includes some actual Expendables like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Kelsey Grammer!)
We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.
While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.
Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.
We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.
Lainie Sorkin Becky
Joshua P Binder
Donald De Line
Bryan J. Freedman
Geordie E. Frey
Eriq La Salle
Jeffrey D. Melvoin
Michael Nyman (Chairman and CEO of PMK•BNC not the famous composer)
Donald S. Passman
Bruce M. Ramer
Zvi Howard Rosenman
Fred D. Toczek
David N. Weiss
Sharon Tal Yguado
No Mel Gibson (!), although an impressive number of celebrities, all of whom should now be on this list.
Update: we have updated the entry for Michael Nyman to make it clear this is not the famous composer.