Monday, August 25, 2014

Two hundred in Hollywood publish petition in support of Israel, against ideologies of hatred and genocide in Hamas charter, urge Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel and work toward peace

8/24/14, "Hollywood's top stars speak out in support of Israel," UK Daily Express, Jason Taylor

"Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone and Minnie Driver were among nearly 200 famous signatories urging the terror organisation to stop firing rockets into Israel and work towards peace. 

Director Ivan Reitman, writer Aaron Sorkin and Roseanne Barr also signed the petition, which was published in the magazines Billboard, Variety and Hollywood Reporter

It comes after other celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Selena Gomez criticised Israel's response to the rocket attacks.

The petition - which asks Hamas to remember that 'Children are our hope, not our human shields' - was organised by , a group opposed to economic and artistic boycotts of Israel.

The full letter reads: 

"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," the letter reads.

"While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideolgies 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."

Israel today closed the Erez crossing - used by aid workers, journalists and Palestinians with Israeli permits to enter or leave Gaza - after it came under rocket fire from Hamas and four people were injured.

Fighting resumed on Tuesday after the latest temporary truce between the sides broke down when fresh rocket attacks were launched by Hamas. 



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