The Empire Strikes Back
In a statement that was issued on Saturday, a diverse group of Hollywood stars came out in support of Israel
Scores of celebrities and power-brokers from the Hollywood establishment have come out in support of Israel and a peaceful resolution to its conflict with Hamas, with stars as diverse as Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen and Arnold Schwarzenegger signing a joint statement released Saturday.
Read the whole thing
The statement of
support will initially be published in magazines Billboard, Variety and
Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, and later be featured in influential
newspapers in the US.
The statement comes after weeks in which a number of celebrities, including Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem, have condemned Israel
for its handing of conflict, with Cruz and Bardem even accusing Israel
of genocide. But with the notable exceptions of comedian Joan Rivers
and actors Roseanne Barr and Mayim Bialik, few have expressed support
While many of those
are famous names to the general public, such as Schwarzenegger and
Rogen, as well as Sylvester Stallone, Kelsey Grammer and Joel and Benji
Madden, more than a few are enterntainment industry heavy-hitters,
including director Ivan Reitman, writer Aaron Sorkin, producers Michael
Rotenberg and Avi Lerner, composer Michael Nyman, talent manager Danny
Sussman and mogul Haim Saban. Barr and Bialik, who have been outspoken
in their support for Israel, are also signatories.
The statement decries Hamas attacks on Israel and its operation
within civilian population centers, and condemns the organization for
its charter that calls for the killing of Jews.
Hamas, it says, "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
The petition, the
largest of kind to ever appear in Hollywood, is the brainchild of the
Creative Community for Peace, The organization says "represent(s) a
cross section of the creative world – those who create and help create
music, films, and television programs – and their fans."
The statement, which appears on the organization's website, says
that despite differences over how to achieve Middle East peace, all its
members oppose the policy of "singling out Israel" for boycott.
"We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on
the best path to peace in the Middle East," the statement says. "But we
do agree that singling out Israel, the only democracy in the region, as a
target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the now-recognized human
rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace."
Labels: Hollywood, US support for Israel