Celebrities Get Behind Israel

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 BrandJavier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

On the other hand, some have shown their staunch support for Israel, including Joan Rivers, Jon Voight, Jon Lovitz, Gal GadotDean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Roseanne Barr, and Mark Pellegrino.

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!)

Arnie and Stalone screenshotWe, 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.

Michael Adler
Avi Arad
Tom Arnold
Jeff Astrof
Craig Balsam
Gary Barber
Roseanne Barr
Elana Barry
Jonathan Baruch
Aaron Bay-Schuck
Lainie Sorkin Becky
Steven Bensusan
Adam Berkowitz
Greg Berlanti
Jordan Berliant
Mayim Bialik
Joshua P Binder
Todd Black
Michael Borkow
Scooter Braun
Dan Brecher
Eric Brooks
Dan Bucatinsky
David Byrnes
Omri Casspi
Josh Charles
Etan Cohen
Joe Cohen
Marc Dauer
Craig David
Donald De Line
Matt DelPiano
Josh Deutsch
Minnie Driver
Jack Dytman
Lee Eisenberg
Doug Ellin
Diane English
Dan Erlij
Ron Fair
Dave Feldman
James Feldman
Patti Felker
Sam Fischer
Erica Forster
Gary Foster
Doug Frank
Bryan J. Freedman
Geordie E. Frey
William Friedkin
Daryl Friedman
Michael Fricklas
Jeremy Garelick
Ran Geffen-Lifshitz
Andrew Genger
Jody Gerson
Risa Gertner
Jami Gertz
Gary Ginsberg
David Glick
Jonathan Glickman
Evan Goldberg
Gil Goldschein
Tony Goldwyn
Nate Goodman
Marc Graboff
Kelsey Grammer
Trudy Green
Adam Griffin
Iris Grossman
Phil Hacker
Sanaa Hamri
Adi Hasak
Ned Haspel
Andrew Hurwitz
Kathy Ireland
Bill Jacobson
Neil Jacobson
Jonathan Jakubowicz
Nathan Kahane
Adam Kaller
Zach Katz
Ryan Kavanaugh
Ron Kenan
Larry Kennar
Kevin King-Templeton
Michael Kives
Courtney Kivowitz
Patrick Knapp
Amanda Kogan
Steven Kram
Erik Kritzer
Peter Landesman
Eriq La Salle
Sherry Lansing
Estelle Lasher
Michael Lasker
Keili Lefkovitz
Carol Leifer
Avi Lerner
Colin Lester
Ben Levine
Susan Levinson
David Levy
Shuki Levy
Linda Lichter
Jonathan Littman
David Lonner
Benji Madden
Joel Madden
Bill Maher
Joshua Malina
Rob Markus
Orly Marley
Ziggy Marley
Bill Masters
Barry McPherson
Brian Medavoy
Jeff Melman
Scott Melrose
Jeffrey D. Melvoin
Rina Mimoun
Michael Morales
Alan Nierob
Michael Nyman (Chairman and CEO of PMK•BNC not the famous composer)
James Packer
Scott Packman
Amy Pascal
Donald S. Passman
Brett Paul
Linda Perry
Richard Plepler
Rob Prinz
Dan Rabinow
Dean Raise
Bruce M. Ramer
David Ready
Ivan Reitman
David Renzer
Hanna Rochelle
Seth Rogen
John Rogovin
Lena Roklin
Zvi Howard Rosenman
Bill Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal
Brian Ross
Michael Rotenberg
Rob Rothman
Robert Rovner
Susan Rovner
Haim Saban
Nancy Sanders
Mark Schiff
Steve Schnur
Jordan Schur
Sam Schwartz
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Adam Schweitzer
Scott Siegler
Ben Silverman
Sarah Silverman
Martin Singer
Aaron Sorkin
Steve Spira
Sylvester Stallone
Norman Steinberg
Gary Stiffelman
Gene Stupnitsky
Eric Suddleson
Nick Styne
Danny Sussman
Traci Szymanski
Nina Tassler
Adam Taylor
Mitch Tenzer
Fred D. Toczek
Michael Tolkin
Jonathan Tropper
Paul Wachter
Nina Wass
Avi Wasserman
Steven Weber
Bernie Weinraub
Jerry Weintraub
David N. Weiss
Alan Wertheimer
Ron West
Nikki Wheeler
Bryan Wolf
Sharon Tal Yguado
Pete Yorn
Rick Yorn

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.

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  • dabney

    Woo-hoo! Amazing!!

    But …

    No Jerry Seinfeld? No Adam Sandler, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Sacha Baron Cohen, or Billy Crystal?

    We still have some work to do!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      No Steven Spielberg either, even though his sister is producing a documentary about American volunteer airmen who flew for Israel in 1948.

      • dabney

        That documentary is still in progress?? I saw preview clips of it years ago!

    • Travis

      Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler have always been pro Israel.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    While George Clooney isn’t on the list, I credit him with keeping his fiancee Amal Alamuddin out of the UN’s “war crimes” travesty. I’m sure he told her that if she accepted that invitation, his career would become box office poison.

    • dabney

      Well, that’s kind of a double edged sword – implying that the all-powerful and mighty Jooz control the media/Hollywood/Washington. Doesn’t particularly give me the warm & fuzzys.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        No, it implies that American audiences of most religions would not look favorably upon the consort of a participant in an anti-Semitic legal lynching. Clooney is not about to become Mel Gibson by osmosis.

        • dabney

          That’s the optimistic way of looking at it.

          • Norman_In_New_York

            We do know that Alamuddin recused herself with the excuse that she was up to her neck in cases. However, her burdensome caseload hasn’t kept her from smooching Clooney in a variety of locales wearing unmistakably casual attire in full view of the paparazzi.

  • Travis

    What is the story behind Roseanne Barr’s epiphany?

    • walt kovacs

      no one know exactly

      one day she was bashing israel for everything it did and the next…just the opposite

      im wary of people who do that

  • Eric

    Ziggy and Orly on the list?! That’s huge. Who’s more peaceful than the Marley’s, though I hear they are partly descended from Syrian Jews so maybe that’s why. I’ll take it anyway.

  • dabney

    Ohhh lookie! Ali is back and giving us his very bestest. Don’t worry, Ali, there are plenty of old white has-been fossils who support falsehood and evil. They’re not all on the side of light and truth. Hope that doesn’t put a crimp in your day – what with the high you must be on after that ISIS beheading of an infidel ‘n all.

  • Travis

    Yeah and Mark Ruffalo is a real heavy hitter. A**hole!

  • Inessa

    Who made you expert on who is a no name actor? Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen, Avi Arad, Benji and Joel Madden, Ethan and Joel Cohen, Mayim Bialik, James Packer – have you got a problem with simple ariyhmeyic?

  • dabney

    I’m just slinging the hate back atcha, Ali.

  • dabney

    You’ve been here many times before, Ali. We’ve all witnessed what level of lies and hate you have descended to about Israel. I simply have no patience left for your kind.

  • Predictor92

    My response to that is that the Avengers has two pro-Israel celebs, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson. I’d take Nick Fury and Black Widow over Bruce Banner any day
    Also you bash the people on this list, alot of them are legends in Hollywood. Norman Stienberg is one of the greatest comedy writers of all time, Ivan Reitman was the producer behind Ghostbusters, Andrew Ross Sorkin was behind the Social Network(by the way, Jessie Eisenburg was in Israel during the conflict)

  • Predictor92

    Most of them have since clarfied their statements(with the exceptions being Stewart and Brand) was about praying for peace, and not against Israel

  • Predictor92

    Their was another petition during the second lebanon war which had tons of people signing(this time around, they seemed to focus more on producers rather than actors), they had Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Michael Dolgulas, Ridley Scott, and Sam Raimi(who was a top director back then, since that was before Spiderman 3(though that was sony’s fault for forcing him to try and include so many story lines)

    Another few notables on this more recent list is Richard Plepler, the head of HBO

  • Predictor92

    Most I believe do want peace, which the exception of Waters(who wants the compete destruction of Israel) and Brand(who is just a complete Moron), it’s just they see Israel as the opptiscle, while I would argue that the PA is still the obsticle. Legend for example, imo, attacked because he thought that the Israeli press was attacking Kerry for no reason, when in fact they were attacking him for going behind Egypt back(in truth, this war is a proxy between the Muslim Brotherhood aligned states and anti-muslim brotherhood forces)

  • walt kovacs

    if you join those that scream, FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE
    you dont want a vibrant jewish state to exist and you are a more of a hawk than any israeli

    and your list isnt diverse

    it is made up of insane, jew hating leftist bastards

  • Predictor92

    we can agree that their is a pro-two state solution area that can be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. Where I disagree is one what is causing the conflict to elongate. I do not believe it is the settlements(land swaps will solve 80% of that problem), and I will say with Abbas, it is not the refugees. The core issue that prevents any progress is the Jordan Valley(Netanyahu pretty much confirmed this a few weeks ago). Israel wants to keep troops in(to prevent weapon smuggling) while the Palestinians do not. Emotionally I empathize with the Palestinians on this(who feel that this would be an extension of the occupation). Logically, The Israelis are right, the Palestinians failed to control the Egypt Gaza border and that any rocket attacks from the west bank will create major problems(Israel would not be able to hit back, so then it’s all out war between two states). I want you to say that you can understand the Israeli position on this(like I said I can understand the Palestinian position on this)

  • Predictor92

    Firstly, Beinheart is American, not Israeli(though he works for Haaretz)
    The problem with the international force was that their was one on the Gaza-Egypt Border in 2005(EU one) that fled. Israel probably would insistant on preformed based withdrawal before an international force goes their permanently
    I am going by the New Republic article, Netanyahu agreed to 67 lines with swaps and to a limited number of Palestinians being admitted into Israel(it will be less then 100,000(I think it will be 25-50 thosuand(at Israel’s discretion) in exchange for non-block settlers being allowed to live in a Palestinian state(obeying the laws of the state of Palestine), that is where I differ, and it will be under not return grounds, but under family reunification grounds). Compensation will be a through an international fund which will give compensation to Palestinians and Jews from Arab Countries(thus sidestepping the blame game). Personally, I feel the refugee deal should be between Israel and the Arab league(including Jews from arab countries in the negotiations). By the way, Susan Rice(described as being pro-Palestinian in the administration) was annoyed that the PLO was focused more on releasing prisoners than the actual final status issues, to which she said “You Palestinians never see the big f***ing picture”
    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118751/how-israel-palestine-peace-deal-died

  • Predictor92

    Seth Rogan(who is actually in the top 100 box office stars of all time)? Sarah Silverman? Kelsey Grammer(Cheers and of course Frasier)? Aaron Sorkin? Scooter Braun(yes, he sadly gave us Bieber, but he also has done good work with Usher)
    have really say these people are not celebrities
    By the way, an attempt to boycott Israel at a Toronto film festival created a petition with big names supporting Israel(Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Rogen, Robert Duvall, Halle Berry, Sacha Baron Cohen, Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Zwick, Jason Alexander, Chazz Palminteri and David Cronenberg)
    In 2008, they had a big line up for celebrating Israel’s Birthday(They had in Times Square, they had on the Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller, Billy Crystal, Brooke Shields, Kirk and Michael Douglas, and the late Robin Williams)

    And their is Ashton Kutcher
    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Kutcher-talks-Twitter-hasbara-at-Tel-Aviv-expo

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