Left, Right Unite: Hollywood Power Players Sign Petition Blasting Hamas
About 190 high-profile Hollywood players, including studio heads and actors, have reportedly signed a pro-Israel petition criticizing Hamas' barbarism.
The statement began circulating about two weeks ago and includes signatures from Sylvester Stallone, Ivan Reitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman. The entire list can be found here.
The list unites celebrities from both sides of the aisle, from hard-leftists like Aaron Sorkin and Bill Maher to conservatives such as Kelsey Grammer.
"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," the statement reads.
Lana Melman, who is the director of The Creative Community for Peace organization, told the The Hollywood Reporter that she collected all of the signatures.
The organization, which was founded in 2011, strives to assemble "prominent members of the entertainment industry to counter the cultural boycott against Israel and promote an accurate image of the Jewish state."
"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," the petition says.
The closing statement reads as follows:
"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."