Dozens of public figures in Hollywood and across the United States have commented on the war between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Liev Schreiber, Debra Messing, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer joined hundreds of entertainment executives who showed support for Israel through the group Creative Community for Peace.
“This evil. There is no justification or rationalization for Hamas’ actions. These are barbaric terrorist acts that everyone must speak out about,” the organization said in a statement.
The stars and creatives were joined by Hollywood executives from companies such as Mattel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and more.
“Our thoughts are with everyone experiencing unfathomable levels of fear and violence, and we look forward to the day when Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace.”
An unprecedented Hamas attack on Israeli soil killed at least 1,200 people on Saturday.
Model Gigi Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, published a post on Instagram with her reaction to the events.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by this unjustified tragedy, and every day this conflict claims innocent lives, too many of them children,” she wrote.
“I have deep sympathy and sorrow for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation, a responsibility I carry daily.
“I also feel a responsibility to my Jewish friends to make this clear, as I have done before: while I have hopes and dreams for the Palestinians, none of them include harm done to the Jew.”
At least 1,500 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip in Israeli retaliatory strikes following the Hamas attack.
Several celebrities, from Madonna to Natalie Portman and Kim Kardashian, posted statements on their social media profiles, and the controversy erupted in the comments.
Internet users are calling on public figures to choose sides in the conflict, while some users are suggesting that anything pro-Palestinian is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic in the wake of the horrific attack.
Hadid wrote that “terrorizing innocent people is not consistent with the Free Palestine movement and does not bring any benefit to it.”
“The idea that this was indeed the case set off a painful, multi-year cycle of responses,” she wrote.
Her sister Bella Hadid, known for her outspoken advocacy of the Palestinian cause in recent years, remained silent this week.
Meanwhile, some artists found themselves making mistakes during the conflict: singer Justin Bieber posted a photo of destruction in the Gaza Strip with the caption “praying for Israel” before deleting it.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has deleted a photo she posted of Palestinian children in Gaza holding an Israeli flag and the caption “terror in the sky.”
Updated: October 12, 2023, 10:37 pm