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Can we send these celebs into cease-fire negotiations?
But hey, they won’t let that stop them: These are just three of the nearly 200 Hollywood heavyweights—including Seth Rogen, Bill Maher, Aaron Sorkin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sarah Silverman—who attached their names to an open letter condemning Hamas for threatening the “democratic values” of Israel. Because that ought to help.
The statement was crafted by Creative Community For Peace, an organization and shoddy website that represents “a cross section [sic] of the creative world” interested in preventing “cultural boycotts” of Israel. Though it laments the “devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza,” the blame for recent violence falls squarely on one side:
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.
— Suzanne Williams (@SueWinMA) August 24, 2014
— muiz (@muiz) August 23, 2014
— #NoJusticeNoPeace (@PalsJustice) August 23, 2014
— joseph dana (@ibnezra) August 24, 2014
Seth Rogen & Arnold Schwarzenegger sign petition condemning Hamas rockets http://t.co/DaPyhbPr7w Nothing about Israel which killed 2100
— Ahdab Nasir (@AhdabNasir) August 23, 2014
— Eman ☾إيمان ☪ (@TheEmanEffect) August 24, 2014
— DrBarakat (@PsychBarakat) August 24, 2014
@SarahKSilverman You and Rogen are pro-Israel? Makes sense. Dead women and children are really a riot.
— Louis Proyect (@LouisProyect1) August 24, 2014
— MOLOCH THE LOVELESS (@MochineGun) August 23, 2014
— Christian Larson (@christlarson) August 23, 2014
All that remains of 44 homes in Zafer 4. pic.twitter.com/x31I33ntfP
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) August 24, 2014
— Linda (@SE25A) August 24, 2014
— Lance Weisenburger (@LWeisenburger) August 23, 2014
Meanwhile, one or two producers have vowed to blacklist married actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for signing a letter against “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.” Oh, and here’s Joan Rivers taking a typically nuanced position:
We’re so glad that celebrities could wade into this mess and explain it for us nobodies.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'