Following widespread public backlash against a group of entertainers who accused Israel of committing genocide by defending itself against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, hundreds of Hollywood stars have surfaced with a campaign denouncing the Palestinian organization for its role in the conflict.
As The Times of Israel reported this week, about 300 individuals in the entertainment industry added their name to a New York Times ad calling Hamas out for its continued use of rockets against citizens in neighboring Israel.
The terrorist network has long been accused of using human shields, specifically by launching missiles from heavily populated areas, to artificially inflate the number of civilian casualties in Gaza. Even sources within the organization have admitted such behavior has occurred over the past few months.
Stars including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and even notable leftists like Sarah Silverman endorsed a firm denouncement of such reprehensible tactics.
“Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities,” the ad stated, “nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage.”
Launch sites have been established in communities and near civilian buildings, resulting in return fire from Israel that has killed a disproportionate number of individuals living in Gaza.
“Hospitals are for healing,” the ad asserted, “not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.”
The celebrity signers stood by the firm position expressed in the letter, which was authored by Creative Community for Peace representatives. In the end, the group hopes it can play some role in bringing about some sense of peace in the troubled region.
“We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish,” the statement stated, “and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.”
A similar statement, with fewer signatures, had already been published by a number of other outlets.