Nearly 200 Hollywood actors and executives, including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, have signed Creative Community for Peace's pro-Israel, anti-Hamas open letter.
“We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza,” the missive states. “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.”
The signatories in the letter are:
Lainie Sorkin Becky
Joshua P Binder
Donald De Line
Bryan J. Freedman
Geordie E. Frey
Eriq La Salle
Jeffrey D. Melvoin
Donald S. Passman
Bruce M. Ramer
Zvi Howard Rosenman
Fred D. Toczek
David N. Weiss
Sharon Tal Yguado
Last week, several high-profile entertainment industry leaders teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to call for the prevention of allowing Hamas and Islamic Jihad to re-arm. Eighteen signatories signed a promotional poster, and an ad that was to run in the Jewish Journal.