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Hollywood Comes Together to Support Israel and Condemn Hamas

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Nearly 200 of the entertainment industry’s biggest names have signed on to a statement that unequivocally condemns the U.S. government-designated terrorist group Hamas and “ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in [their] charter,” while advocating a “commitment to peace and justice” for Israelis and Palestinians.

The signature campaign is the work of the Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) “an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives devoted to using art and music to build bridges for peace.”

CCFP board members reached out to actors, comedians, musicians and industry power players to show a “shared commitment” to “Israel’s right to defend its people against the terrorist organization known as Hamas as well as empathy for the loss of all innocent lives.”

Signatories representing a broad spectrum of A-list stars in all facets of the entertainment industry include action heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone; filmmakers such as the Cohen brothers and Ivan Reitman; and Hollywood producers and power brokers such as Amy Pascal, Jerry Weintraub and Bruce M. Ramer – all in support of Israel. Entertainment’s most notorious left-leaning voices such as Aaron Sorkin, Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman also show their support for Israel, as do their right-wing counterparts such as Kelsey Grammer.

“We are heartened to have received such an enormous response from within the industry — from artists to producers, agents, attorneys, managers, and industry executives — which is gratifying especially as we witness the disturbing growth of anti-Semitism around the globe,” said David Renzer, CCFP co-founder and chairman of Spirit Music Group.

This campaign comes during a time when the entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Celebrities such as Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem signed letters condemning the Jewish State. Comedian Russell Brand and actor Danny Glover have voiced their disdain for Israel. Musicians Roger Waters and Brian Eno have resorted to blatant anti-Semitism when it comes to making their voices heard regarding Israel.

“The statement has clearly struck a chord within the community, demonstrating Hollywood’s willingness to publicly support peace and Israel,” said CCFP spokesperson Lana Melman. “Our advisory board worked together with CCFP friends such as Patti Felker, Fred Toczek, Michael Kives and Martin Singer to get the word out. The statement will run again later this week in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and we expect the list of artists signing on to show their support for Israel and peace to grow.

In addition to the signatures on the list, comedienne Joan Rivers, radio personality Howard Stern, actress/singer Vanessa Williams and Oscar winner Jon Voight have voiced staunch support for the Jewish State.

About the Author: Paul Miller is an op-ed contributor to the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. He serves as principal of Pauliegroup LLC, a Chicago-based new-media and political consulting firm. His articles and editorials have appeared in the New York Post, Chicago Tribune, Jerusalem Post, San Diego Union-Trib, Fox News and Washington Times.


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17 Responses to “Hollywood Comes Together to Support Israel and Condemn Hamas”

  1. God bless you esrael..the satan wanting to kill you because you the apple if the eyes of God but behold the the angels of God protect you until his judgement is coming in this earth.

  2. There are bigoted actors

  3. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    Both articles were good, thanks guys..

  4. Denny Anderson says:

    Good news!

  5. Florence Kerstein Sutker says:

    What took the CCFP so long to come out with their support for Israel. Also, it is a disappointment that most of the other big names are silent. Do they think that keeping silent worked in France, Italy, Germany, Poland etc. Silence didn't help them.

  6. Thanks for standing with Israel, Hollywood. This is a great start and hope the beginning of one voice to condemn all the terrorism and killings in the Middle East.

  7. Willie Braun says:

    Hey, you ignorant little ****…Israel does NOT target civilians. It targets rocket launch sites and active fire positions that the hamas terrorists set up in schools, mosques and heavily populated areas. They do this to inflict as many civilian casualties as possible so brainless terrorist loving trash like you can try and make the real victims in this (Israel) look bad.

  8. You really need to get your facts straight, stop being brainwashed and think like a person who can sift through the rubble of the media. If you poke and jab at a beehive, the bees are going to attack you. Similarly, if Hamas fires rockets and mortars from civilian areas (which has been documented time and time again-even by Hamas), eventually the bees are going to have to retaliate or they will be killed. And the age old question-what would YOU do if you were attacked by rockets? Or if your family was being attacked? Would you sit there with open arms, or would you try to defend yourself?

  9. Finally….
    Great news
    God bless Israel

  10. Shirley Freiberg Offman says:

    So happy they finally took a stand. Israel needs all the support it can get in this new anti- Semitic world climate.

  11. The people who signed are largely Jewish people. Not exactly a statement of support from most, unfortunately.

  12. Steve Benger says:

    You have it backwards. Hamas hides behind their own people. Hamas Targets civilians, shooting into Israel from heavily populated by Gaza civilians.

  13. Arnold Schwarzenegger is catholic

  14. Hana Diker says:

    dont see any names

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