It is always heartwarming to see celebrities get involved in worldly issues; often times, celebrities are tagged as materialistic and out of touch with the issues of common people. However, a group of celebrities have decided to show the world that they are watching and have taken a stance against violance by signing a letter of support for the people in Israel who are currently dealing with brutal attacks at the hands of Hamas. The letter, which has been signed by almost 200 celebrities is the largest petition of its kind and includes signatures from Kelsey Grammar, Sarah Silverman, and Sylvester Stallone, states in part: “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. 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.”
The letter comes after many other celebrities such as, Rihanna, Russell Brand, and Penelope Cruz have spoken out against Israel for what they believe to be genocide in Gaza. However, the celebrities who have attached their names to the letter against Hamas have done so because they, along with the US, government believe the group to be a terrorist association and believe that Israelis have the right to practice democracy. For years, Hamas has attacked Israeli soldiers and civilians using tactics such as suicide bombings and rocket attacks, and as the letter states, has Hamas has been accused of using women and children as human shields.
The star studded letter began circulation on Saturday, originally shared by Lana Melman, Director of the Creative Community for Peace Organization. The group which was founded by “Hollywood moguls” rallied the group of celebrities together in an effort to gain support. While some see the letter as nothing more than a small gesture, others hope that a letter backed by so many celebrities will help raise awareness to Israel’s situation.
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