JonVoight. Jon Voight pens letter to 'ignorant' Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz on Israel: 'Hang Your Heads in Shame' (Guest Column). TheHollywoodReporter. 02 Aug 2014.
The actor urges colleagues to "examine their
motives," asking "Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is
raging all over the world now?"
My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I
am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite
anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have
They are obviously
ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people
were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in
1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected
the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab
countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The
Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on
the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great
loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending
itself against terrorist campaigns.
And yet Israel has always labored for a peaceful
relation with its Arab neighbors. It voluntarily returned the Sinai
Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza
as a peace gesture. What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a
terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets
After years of trying to make peace, the wars they
had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and
finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of
civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep,
stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of
my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go
and take out poison letters against them.
You have forgotten how
this war started. Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers
for the sake of killing, and celebrated after the killing? What a travesty of
I am asking all my peers who signed that poison
letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of
anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?
You have been able to become famous and have all
your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you
think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et
cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead,
you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East:
You should hang your heads in shame. You should
all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the
suffering people in Israel.