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Hollywood divided on Gaza

August 4, 2014

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Artists voicing solidarity for Palestinians trigger backlash from industry heavyweights in a town with strong Israel connections

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The insurrections have triggered a backlash from industry heavyweights such as Jon Voight, Joan Rivers and Howard Stern, verbal volleys in interviews and social media which are Tinseltown’s version of civil strife.

“My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry,” the Midnight Cowboy star wrote in an open letter the Hollywood Reporter at the weekend. “I am heartsick that people like Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.”

The actor was responding to a letter from more than a hundred Spanish artists, including Cruz and Bardem, accusing Israel of “genocide” in its assault against Hamas militants.

About 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than 9,000 injured in the past four weeks, according to health officials in Gaza. Israel has lost two civilians and 64 soldiers. A Thai migrant worker was also been killed.

Hollywood has close ties to Israel – a cause which tends to unite prominent, liberal Jews such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Barbra Streisand as well as conservative non-Jews such as Voight.

*Celebrities risk opposition as they speak out on violence in Palestine

(Rabbi Marvin) Hier believes some condemning Israel are doing it to gain fans in a climate of growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

“I think they think they’re going to be more popular,” Hier said. “Look around the world. I’m not talking about the United States; in the United States polls show two to one that people understand how the war started and they back Israel. But it’s not so around the world.”

Prominent Jews and Palestinians and others stand for Palestine in this heartbreaking video with Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner, Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair, Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat and many others. To learn more or take action, visit freedom4palestine.org. Project of JewishVoiceforPeace.org with assistance from IMEU.org (Institute of Middle East Understanding)

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