Hollywood may be a famously liberal place, and liberals may be turning against Israel, but a significant chunk of the entertainment industry is standing up for the Jewish state.
In a massive full-page ad in Saturday's New York Times, the Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) reiterated their support of Israel — and, according to the organization, the group's ranks of Hollywood backers have swelled from under 200 in late August to more than 300.
The full CCFP 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.
As an emailed CCFP statement touted, "signatories include film legends Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Lawrence Bender; music industry icons Carole Bayer Sager and Lou Adler; prominent actors Rob Morrow and Jon Lovitz, and many more."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, alongside award recipients Bob Weinstein, left, and Harvey Weinstein, attend the eighth annual Made in NY Awards on Monday, June 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
“This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel," said CCFP director Lana Melman in the statement. "Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press.”
Other Hollywood Israel supporters include Kelsey Grammer, Sylvester Stallone, Seth Rogen, Amy Pascal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as TheBlaze reported last month.
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