WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Almost 200 high-profile celebrities have signed a pro-Israel statement criticizing the actions of Hamas.
“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,” the statement, headlined “Commitment to Justice and Peace,” reads.
Actors Minnie Driver, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Tony Goldwyn and Josh Charles; directors William Friedkin and Ivan Reitman; producers Scooter Braun, Jerry Weintraub, Avi Lerner and Avi Arad; showrunners Diane English, Mayim Bialik, Doug Ellin, Greg Berlanti and Aaron Sorkin are just a handful of the names that appear on the statement.
The statement also states, “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.”
The Hollywood Reporter and other publications will feature the statement as an ad next week.
The Director of the Creative Community for Peace organization, Lana Melman, circulated the statement on Saturday. Melman explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she collected and confirmed signatures over the past two weeks.
The organization was founded in November 2011 and aims to bring together “prominent members of the entertainment industry to counter the cultural boycott against Israel and promote an accurate image of the Jewish state,” according to Melman’s bio as a contributor at the online newspaper Times of Israel.