Hollywood BLACKLISTS Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem over Gaza letter
Cruz and Bardem have said that they detest "anti-Semitism" as much as they detest "horrible and painful consequences of war." (Image: Press TV)
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Having chosen to remain silent vis-à-vis Israel’s massacre of Palestinians, Hollywood has moved one step further by blacklisting the stars, who said in an open letter that Tel Aviv is committing genocide.
The decision against Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz came after the Oscar-toting married couple signed an open letter, denouncing “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.”
It is believed to have been made privately by a handful of top industry executives.
The letter said Israel is stoking the conflict by “advancing on Palestinian territories instead of withdrawing to the 1967 borders.” It added, “Gaza is living through horror ... while the international community does nothing.”
The latest Israeli military aggression against Gaza, which began on July 8, has claimed the lives of more than 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded about 1,000 others.
The couple has invited harsh criticism from noted figures within the industry.
Actor Jon Voight has called for the two to “hang your heads in shame.” He alleged they had stoked “the fire of anti-semitism.”
Ryan Kavanaugh, the chief executive of Relativity Media, has also said, “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that anyone calling what’s going on in Israel ‘genocide’ [instead of] self-defence is either ignorant and shouldn’t be commenting or is truly anti-semitic.”
This is while Bardem has said, "My signature was solely meant as a plea for peace. Destruction and hatred only generate more hatred and destruction.
"I am now being labeled by some as anti-Semitic, as is my wife - which is the antithesis of who we are as human beings.
"We detest anti-Semitism as much as we detest the horrible and painful consequences of war."