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Hollywood divided on Gaza

August 4, 2014


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


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 Project of with assistance from (Institute of Middle East Understanding)

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Hollywood and the War Machine

August 11, 2012

Empire examines the symbiotic relationship between the movie industry and the military-industrial complex.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on 23 dec 2010

*Hollywood and the war machine

Empire will examine Hollywood, the Pentagon, and war.

Joining us as guests: Oliver Stone, the eight times Academy Award-winning filmmaker; Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker; and Christopher Hedges, an author and the former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times.

Our interviewees are: Phil Strub, US Department of Defense Film Liaison Unit; Julian Barnes, Pentagon correspondent, LA Times; David Robb, the author of Operation Hollywood; Prof Klaus Dodds, the author of Screening Terror; Matthew Alford, the author of Reel Power; Prof Melani McAlister, the author of Culture, Media, and US Interests in the Middle East.

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