Hollywood Stars, Executives Sign Petition in Support of Israel

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Nearly 200 actors and directors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen and Bill Maher sign anti-Hamas petition

The pro-Israel activist group Creative Community for Peace has released a list with the names of nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Seth Rogen, Amy Pascal, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Aaron Sorkin, who signed a statement criticizing Hamas.

The prominent figures who lent their names to the document range from actors Kelsey Grammer and Sylvester Stallone to execs Ryan Kavaunagh and Sherry Lansing. The group collectively stands firm against Hamas’ “ideologies of hatred and genocide.”

The document states that “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.”

Actors Sarah Silverman, Minnie Driver, Mayim Bialik, Josh Charles, Tony Goldwyn and Roseanne Barr, TV host Bill Maher, directors Ivan Reitman and William Friedkin, showrunners Diane English and Doug Ellin, and producers Avi Arad and Scooter Braun are among the signers.

The campaign was spearheaded by showbiz lawyers Fred Toczek and Patti Felker, and the statement was circulated by Creative Community for Peace director Lana Melman on Saturday.

This statement follows pro-Israel op-eds from Jon Voight and Kavanaugh, as well as a pro-Palestinian open letter from Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

Here’s the full statement:

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.

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.

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  1. Islam is the biggest fraud in history says:

    PAT cROTON, Hamas and ISIS must be eliminated

  2. Pat Croton says:

    calling: all Hollywood hucksters and lackeys.

  3. Pat Croton says:

    Notice the latest Israeli breakage of international law and human rights: another land grab in the West Bank and the arrest of Palestinian academicians. Come on Hollywood, speak out against Israel, if you dare.

  4. Cindy says:

    THANK YOU for making a statement in support of Israel, in support of Democracy, in support of speaking up against terrorism (specifically, Hamas.) As Golda Meir said so eloquently:
    “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
    ― Golda Meir
    ============================================================
    PS
    To Pat Croton, (based on your comments,) if you were an informed reader you would know that Joan Rivers has been in a critical care unit. The hatred inside of you comes out in your comments. You might wish to consult therapy to address your anger and hatred issues. http://time.com/3209094/joan-rivers-hospitalized-in-new-york-city/

  5. bb0520483 says:

    israel maybe the only democracy in the region and even that is a disputable distinction. However an undisputable distinction that israel has is being the only APARTHEID state in the world, not to mention crimes against humanities, violation of international laws, disregard of UN mandates. I think all these hollywood characters should just watch their waist lines, maintain their botox injections and just act pretty. I personally find them entertaining (sometimes) but I don’t get my politics from them. Their just like the court jesters who try to lighten the scene to detract from the crimes of israel.

    • Pat Croton says:

      Israel is a jewish Zionist democracy. the key word here is Zionist. historically, Sephardic jews did not have equal rights and hence power in Israel. don’t believe the propaganda about Israeli arabs really possessing equal rights when it comes practice. perhaps substantive democracy for Ashkenazi jews and procedural democracy for Sephardic jews, and potential democracy for Israeli arabs.

  6. Instead of standing on the fence which is to effectively support Israel, have you people tried to visit Gaza and spend a day with the people there to see how they live? Hamas was only created in 1987, but have you thought of how life has been in Gaza alone since 1948? As world class celebrities and wealthy men and women, you have the position, resources and influence to do that. I think this is what you needed to do first than to come out with such an ignorant and vague statement. Because your statement is actually not speaking to the reality. It is at best an empty bunch of words, and at worst a hypocritical justification of injustice and atrocities committed by the Israeli Government against Palestineans!

  7. Mazen says:

    Shame on you

  8. Daniel B. says:

    When 80% of citizens are hiding in bunkers daily when missiles fly into their cities, I would call that a “military threat.” If that happened to a U.S. city from Mexico or Canada for 10 years straight like it has in Israel, the U.S. would absolutely destroy the terrorists. Yet Israel is supposed to keep quiet and take the abuse. Sorry, this isn’t 1943 anymore

  9. daniel949 says:

    Good for these people. Support Israel defending itself against terrorists.

  10. Pat Croton says:

    I am sickened too by Israeli actions and Zionist propaganda, that’s why I comment but not in a typical manner.

  11. Pat Croton says:

    you are so correct; most americans do not know the real history of this 125 year old conflict. Europeans are more knowledgeable of it and the utter manipulations and machinations of the Zionists. Hollywood, as with most Zionist media, only want us to understand this conflict within the manufactured paradigm created and maintained by them. got FOX news? LA Times? New York Times? Wall Street Journal? and on and on…they desire mind and behavior control whether thru blatant threats and coercion or via subtle manipulation . see the Voight picture as well at Variety.

  12. omar says:

    A lot of people have posted the same line the Zionist extremist have been using to brainwash the world, “Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks etc, what would you do if they were bombing your homes and killing your citizens”, so these are the lines that are constantly being repeated, However please ask Israel what is the actual borders for Israel under which they received a UN Charter. The 1967 UN resolution defined the actual borders of Israel, however Israel has denied that ruling and have since stolen, killed, bombed all the palestinians to get more and more land, thus they have stolen about 70% of the land since the 1967 UN resolution. Thus the rockets that are being fired from Gaza are dropping on areas that legally belong to the palestinian people not the state of Israel, so the statement made by them is false. Hamas is not firing on Sovereign Israel it’s firing on it’s own land. People need to realise the deception and the trickery with with the Zionist spin the truth. And yes Hamas is a creation of Israeli Mossad, this is a fact.

  13. Josh says:

    Hamas was created by Israel. you can look it up. google it.

    things to research:

    Balfour Declaration
    IBM and the Holocaust
    Transfer Agreement
    “School of the Americas” (and the leader of the Zetas who is rumored to have been trained by IDF)

  14. Pat Croton says:

    Maybe next they will sign a petition to free the traitor spy Pollard from an American prison.

  15. Pat Croton says:

    These so called American heroes should speak to those who survived the purposeful Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, and covered up by our government. I wonder if they would have the guts to change their collective pathetic minds.

  16. Sally says:

    This would actually matter if more then 3% of the list of names were known people THEY ARE NOT. These are just names that nobody and I mean nobody knows

  17. Pat Croton says:

    where is Mr. Ed to elevate the intelligence level? Or, should have added Netanyahu’s picture of him holding his sophisticated diagram in front of the UN. now, that would have impact.

  18. Pat Croton says:

    gee, those pictured are really intelligent and high integrity people. keep up the good work, Moses.

  19. Pat Croton says:

    just because they are in movies does not make them knowledgeable or even ethical for that matter; hell, they are just little people making lots of money for themselves and those others. what a low rent self serving picture of people who want to remain relevant and in the money. nothing less than pathetic.

    • Verdad says:

      Pat after reading your nonsense it’s clear you are using a pseudonym – real name, Mohammad. So your support for Hamas is admirable. I’m guessing you are a homophobe, and against women’s rights and free speech and press – just like Hamas. BTW, get your facts straight – there never was a Palestine and the people inhalation and the West Bank are Arabs, not Palestinians. Sorry to burst your bubble. Since 2005, the Arabs have run Gaza after Israel left and look where they are. They spent their money on tunnels and rockets instead of their people. Clearly it’s Hamas who hates the people of Gaza – and their supporters like you – not Israel. Fool.

      • Phil says:

        ‘There never was a Palestine and the people inhalation and the West Bank are Arabs, not Palestinians…’

        Oh dear. Have you been reading Joan Peters’ ‘From Time Immemorial’, by any chance? (A work that has been labelled an execrable piece of Zionist propaganda by every serious historian on the subject; not least those in Israel.)

        If not, please quote your source.

      • Pat Croton says:

        such a typical hasbara propaganda response as programmed by AIPAC, the foreign lobby representing Israeli interests.l

    • Phil says:

      This does not justify the murder of women and children in Gaza. (Or do you think otherwise?)

      This is wrong. And that is wrong.

      I have no respect for these monsters, Hamas, or the current political administration in Israel.

      This isn’t about Arab v Jew. Muslim v Jew. Christian v Jew. It is about right and wrong.

      What happened to Jews in Germany, Black South Africans in South Africa, Aborigines in Australia, and the Native Americans in America was wrong. And so, too, is what is happening to the people of Gaza.

      Some are trying to turn this into a racial war. Others are racists; pure and simple. I suggest you strip all of this away, and ask yourself if you would support what the Israelis are doing were any other nation on earth doing it.

      • Shelly Holender says:

        Of course, I support anyone who is defending themselves, their county, their people, their border from terrorists. Yes, Hamas is a terrorist organization.

    • Pat Croton says:

      those extremely white arms in the video are lazy fat actors attempting to be arab or muslim militants; they are probably Israelis or their lackeys.

      • Pat Croton says:

        I was waiting for someone to finally have some cleverness. when I selected the name, I knew this would be called cretin, I just cant believe how long it took. thanks shelly. hey shelley, luv your tie.

      • Shelly Holender says:

        Is that Croton or cretin?

  20. Margaret Murphy from irealnd says:

    Why in gods name do you support a country which has murdered so many people in Palestine. Shame on you, you have the blood of innocent children on your hands.

  21. Pat Croton says:

    let us see the list of entertainers who refused to sign off on this self righteous pathetic Zionist propaganda.

  22. Roberto says:

    Of course mr Maks. I believe you. But all those who support Hamas are coincidentally lefty. And so are you, I bet.

  23. z says:

    They’ve taken sides. Good. Force them to back evil. To funny

  24. Maks says:

    OH…….what a joke……most of this so called stars are not famous…….Most of these so called stars are Jewish……….and the letter clearly denounces Hamas and strongly called for Peace………..no where in the letter has show the support of Israel…….isn’t that a clear Yellow Journalism?

  25. Pat Croton says:

    the Zionists do not really care about the deaths of American soldiers fighting their wars as well.

  26. bijan says:

    Racist ideology of Israeli Government is turning a refugee camp into a concentration camp. Remember Germany 1937, and the Nazi ideology of superior race? Israel 2014 with an extremist interpretation of god’s chosen people ideology! The absurd reasoning for bombing the civilians is truly amazing. suppose for the sake of argument, few terrorists take over a school and use the students and kids as human shields. Now, What kind of deranged mentality bombs and kill all the kids in that school to get rid of those terrorist?Change that school in to a refugee camp, that was created by an occupying army in the first place and the absurdity of their whole argument becomes astounding.

  27. Pat Croton says:

    while we are at it, let us free gaza, Palestine, American and the uk too

  28. David Pascal says:

    Interesting that Variety is moderating these comments. I’m just reading a bunch of hate mongers. C’mon the term “Oven Dodgers” is so offensive on so many levels. Shame on all of you!

    Freedom of Speech = Freedom To Hate I guess. At what point does it become a crime?

  29. Pat Croton says:

    I will take the original three stooges over this stooge tripartite any day.

  30. Pat Croton says:

    not only are they ignorant but I bet they are racists as well

  31. Brooke Doris says:

    The U.S. stand against radical Islamic terrorists and in full support of Israel. That will never change.

  32. Jonathan F says:

    Hey Pat, what if you were to say that all black people liked a certain food, or that all Chinese people were good at a certain Academic subject, you might feel racist, right? Well, why is it different when you say that all Jews hold the same opinion? Why do you feel justified, and not bigoted when saying that? I’d like you to truly think about that, please.

  33. Pat Croton says:

    pictured are 3 idiots and opportunists; should have include the 700 Club, AIPAC, and their lackeys.

  34. Liz Benard says:

    Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardim, U2 and HUGELY talented and their fans will ALWAYS follow them.
    In addition they are the Right side of Humanity and HISTORY, Schwartzennegger is setting himself up as a moral compass??- Puleeze!!
    The next generation- under 30 crowd are much more aware of tactics such as “you’ll never work in this town again” They are also the FUTURE BOX OFFICE- so get smart, Hollywood…
    I’ stand with Penelope, Javier, U2 and a FREE GAZA and Palestine!

  35. Eileen Shavelson says:

    Thank you all for supporting and standing up for Israel! Zionism is right and just, Jews are entitled to the self determination of our own state , and it is time Jewish civil rights are a given , just like anyone else. No more media bias, denial of truth, and supporting of Hamas as though it weren’t the blatant evil that it is. The world has turned upside down, with evil posing as justice, and justice being ignored and swept aside for the sake of accommodation to special interest groups.

  36. Despicable hateful and ignorant. There is NO evidence of Hamas using human shields of firing rockets from hospitals and schools. There is plenty of evidence that israel uses human shields and deliberately targets children.
    A military occupation does not have a right to defend itself against the resistance of rhe land it occupies.
    Israel is the war criminal and you has beens have consigned yourselves to rhe wrong side of history

  37. Phil says:

    Selected Irgun, Haganah and Lehi attacks during the 1948 Palestine War:

    June 30, 1924. According to Israeli journalists Shlomo Nakdimon and Shaul Mayzlish, Dutch Jew Jacob Israël de Haan was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi on the orders of Haganah leader Yitzhak Ben-Zvi for his anti-Zionist political activities and contacts with Arab leaders.

    1937–1939 The Irgun conducted a campaign of violence against Palestinian Arab civilians resulting in the deaths of at least 250.

    July 15, 1938 A bomb left in the vegetable market in Jerusalem by the Irgun injured 28

    July 25, 1938 The Irgun threw a bomb into the melon market in Haifa resulting in 49 deaths.

    November 6, 1944 Lehi assassinated British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo, Egypt. The action was condemned by the Yishuv at the time, but the bodies of the assassins was brought home from Egypt in 1975 to a state funeral and burial on Mount Herzl.

    1944–1945 The killings of several suspected collaborators with the Haganah and the British mandate government during the Hunting Season.

    1946 Letter bombs sent to British officials, including foreign minister Ernst Bevin, by Lehi

    July 26, 1946 The bombing of British administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel, killing 91 people — 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 others. Around 45 people were injured.

    1946 Railways and British military airfields were attacked several times.

    October 31, 1946 The bombing by the Irgun of the British Embassy in Rome. Nearly half the building was destroyed and 3 people were injured.

    April 1947 An Irgun bomb placed at the Colonial Office in London failed to detonate.

    July 25, 1947 The Sergeants affair: When death sentences were passed on two Irgun members, the Irgun kidnapped Sgt. Clifford Martin and Sgt. Mervyn Paice and threatened to kill them in retaliation if the sentences were carried out. When the threat was ignored, the hostages were killed. Afterwards, their bodies were taken to an orange grove and left hanging by the neck from trees. An improvised explosive device was set. This went off when one of the bodies was cut down, seriously wounding a British officer.

    December 1947 – March 1948 Numerous attacks on Palestinian Arabs in the context of civil war after the vote of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.

    1947 Letter bombs sent to the Truman White House by Lehi

    January 5–6, 1948 The Semiramis Hotel bombing, carried out by the Haganah (or, according to some sources, Irgun) resulted in the deaths of 24 to 26 people

    April 1948 The Deir Yassin massacre carried out by the Irgun and Lehi, killed between 107 and 120 Palestinian villagers, the estimate generally accepted by scholars.

    September 17, 1948 Lehi assassination of the United Nations mediator Folke Bernadotte, negotiator of the release of about 31,000 prisoners (including thousands of Jews from Nazi concentration camps during World War II), whom Lehi accused of a pro-Arab stance during the cease-fire negotiations.

  38. Phil says:

    Hamas is dedicated to the elimination of Israel….

    I think this is an example of the old switcheroo.

    Israel has already eliminated larger Palestine.

    Zionists committed terrorist acts against the indigenous population; made war against them; forcibly removed them from their homes; invited Jews from all over the world to take their places; hoisted a new flag over their land — What would you call that: supporting the Palestinians’ right to exist?

  39. Phil says:

    ‘Stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide…’

    Sounds familiar…

    Albert Einstein’s Letter to the Editor
    New York Times
    December 4, 1948

    TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

    Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

    The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughoutthe world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

    Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement. The public avowals of Begin’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

    Attack on Arab Village

    A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants – 240 men, women, and children – and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin. The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

    Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

    The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

    Discrepancies Seen

    The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal.

    In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’s efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

    The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.

    ISIDORE ABRAMOWITZ
    HANNAH ARENDT
    ABRAHAM BRICK
    RABBI JESSURUN CARDOZO
    ALBERT EINSTEIN
    HERMAN EISEN, M.D.
    HAYIM FINEMAN
    M. GALLEN, M.D.
    H.H. HARRIS
    ZELIG S. HARRIS
    SIDNEY HOOK
    FRED KARUSH
    BRURIA KAUFMAN
    IRMA L. LINDHEIM
    NACHMAN MAISEL
    SEYMOUR MELMAN
    MYER D. MENDELSON
    M.D., HARRY M. OSLINSKY
    SAMUEL PITLICK
    FRITZ ROHRLICH
    LOUIS P. ROCKER
    RUTH SAGIS
    ITZHAK SANKOWSKY
    I.J. SHOENBERG
    SAMUEL SHUMAN
    M. SINGER
    IRMA WOLFE
    STEFAN WOLF.

    New York, Dec. 2, 1948

  40. Phil says:

    ‘While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide…’

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    Israel was founded by members of the Zionist Hagana, Irgun and Stern Gang terrorist organisations (that threw bombs into crowded Arab markets, assassinated ministers, massacred towns, etc.), and
    governed by ex-members of the same terrorist organisations.

    That Israeli Prime Ministers Begin and Shamir received everything they fought for must give encouragement to every other terrorist.

  41. Phil says:

    Can’t wait for ‘The Expendables 4’, wherein Sly and Arnie lead their team (backed by the fourth largest army in the world) into a poor village — not to rescue the villagers, or help them get their land back, but to butcher them… No wait a minute. Nobody would watch that movie.

  42. asha says:

    ugh people are so gross. how are they not seeing the plain facts in front of their faces—palestine is the victim of genocide.

    • Pat Croton says:

      Palestine is the victim of british Rothschild imperialism, settler colonialism, jewish bolshevism, naziism, great power and super power rivalries, ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and one big lie after another. they deserve out support and praise. free Palestine and you might free the usa and uk as well.

    • Jonathan F says:

      You certainly are not capable of forming your own opinions, which I have determined based on your short, and simplified comment. Perhaps you would make a better spectator than commenter.

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