Hollywooders are generally known for Leftist political views. With that, they have not been known for supporting Israel and many have publicly criticized Israel for its military response to Hamas’s rockets.
However, not all in Hollywood are devoid of moral convictions. A group called Creative Community for Peace recently came out with a strong pro-Israeli statement concerning its battle with Hamas. This statement includes: “Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage,” and “hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles.”
The list of 200 Hollywood signees below includes many on the Right, and Left. This coming together shows promise coalescing around an issue with clear moral clarity. It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration has shown no such clarity and more often than not acts like it is merely a mediator between two opposing groups. The recent horrible events in Iraq perpetrated by another Sunni-based radical Islamist group ISIS, makes the White House’s position even less comprehendible.
Creative Community for Peace statement
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.