Has Israel surrendered yet? Surely the day cannot be far, now that Javier Bardem has taken a stand.
Over the weekend, the Oscar-winning actor distributed to Spanish media an open letter condemning Israel’s “genocide” against Gaza:
In the horror that is happening in Gaza there is NO place for distance or neutrality. It is a war of occupation and of extermination against a people without means, confined in a minimum territory, with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances and children are targets and presumed to be terrorists. It’s hard to understand and impossible to justify. . . .
I’m outraged, ashamed and hurt by all of this injustice and the killing of human beings. Those children are our children. It’s horrendous. I can only hope that those who kill will find it in their hearts to show compassion and be cured of this murderous poison which only breeds more hate and violence.
Bardem’s wife, actress Penelope Cruz, and other Spanish actors, musicians, and directors, issued a subsequent letter decrying “the Israeli occupation” that “continues to advance into and invade the Palestinian territories instead of returning to the 1967 borders.” The celebrities called for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and renewed dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
Bardem, known for roles in films such as the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Spanish-language film Biutiful, and the most recent James Bond installment, Skyfall, is an outspoken political activist and supporter of Spain’s Socialist party. Cruz won an Academy Award for 2007’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in which she co-starred alongside her future husband.