According to a Tuesday story in the Hollywood Reporter film actress Penelope Cruz joined a number of Spanish actors, directors, writers, and musicians, including Cruz’s husband Javier Bardem, in signing an open letter denouncing Israel’s campaign against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The letter, which was widely reported in Spanish media, referred to the campaign as “genocidal.” It placed the onus for the current conflict solely on Israel and demanded that the Jewish state cease military operations, lift the blockade of Gaza that inhibits the smuggling of weapons, and unilaterally withdraw to the pre-1967 borders.
The letter apparently did not mention Hamas’ rocket barrage on Israel, largely fended off by the Iron Dome ABM system. It also did not mention the infiltration tunnels that the IDF has found and are closing down, which were used to infiltrate terrorists, such as the ones who murdered three Israeli teenagers recently. Finally unmentioned was the fact that Hamas used civilians, including women and children as human shields, not Israel’s extraordinary efforts to hold down civilian casualties, including dropping leaflets and making phone calls.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that the film community has been largely silent about the latest Israel/Hamas war. The exception was Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who appears as Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ who tweeted support for her countrymen fighting against the Hamas terrorist. She has received a firestorm of rage on social media as a result.
It should be noted that Cruz, who is famous in the United States in a number of film roles such as “Captain Corelli's Mandolin,” “Sahara,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” did not participate in a statement written in English. It may be that was by design, since coming out so vociferously against Israel might be offensive to film fans and even the Hollywood community. However the story has crossed the Atlantic and has been translated into English with consequences that remain to be seen.