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Javier Bardem Clarifies His Open Letter on Gaza & Israel

Javier Bardem Clarifies His Open Letter on Gaza & Israel

Javier Bardem made headlines when he and his wife Penelope Cruz released an open letter slamming Israel’s attack on the Gaza strip and now he is clarifying his comments in a new note.

“This week, along with a number of artists in my home country of Spain, I spoke out about the conflict in Gaza urging all governments to intervene in this escalating crisis. My signature was solely meant as a plea for peace. Destruction and hatred only generate more hatred and destruction,” the 45-year-old actor said in his new letter released to

“While I was critical of the Israeli military response, I have great respect for the people of Israel and deep compassion for their losses. I am now being labeled by some as anti-Semitic, as is my wife – which is the antithesis of who we are as human beings. We detest anti-Semitism as much as we detest the horrible and painful consequences of war,” Javier continued. “I was raised to be against any act of violence, and the consequent suffering of humanity for it, regardless of religions, ethnicities and borders. Too many innocent Palestinian mothers have lost their children to this conflict. Too many innocent Israeli mothers share the same grief. There should not be any political reason that can justify such enormous pain on both sides. It’s my hope that leaders involved in this complicated struggle will heed the call of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, ‘In the name of humanity, the violence must stop.’”

“Palestinians and Israelis in the region deserve to have their safety and human rights recognized and respected so in the near future they may find peace and co-existence, for themselves and their innocent children. So generations to come could bring hope, forgiveness and compassion for each other. This is the most basic and necessary way to peace for all of us,” he concluded the letter.

Penelope also released another letter to clarify her comments in the original note.

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53 Responses to “Javier Bardem Clarifies His Open Letter on Gaza & Israel”

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  1. 1
    Dee Says:

    Israel is a bully through and through

  2. 2
    mike Says:

    Israel tried a cease fire then was attacked. They tried a temporary cease fire for humanitarian reasons and again were attacked. This is what the Palestinians get for electing Hamas. Hamas runs the country and will not stop and will continue to hide behind mothers and children. This is what happens when you pick on someone way bigger than you. Let’s not forget who sent the first missile.

  3. 3
    suzy wong Says:

    let’s not forget who supported the rise of Hamas and put Hamas in charge in the first place. If you wanna tell the truth tell it all…

  4. 4
    team Israel Says:

    too late azzwipe, you should’ve kept your mouth shut, we won’t see your movies again or your dumb wife’s. remember Mel Gibson! LOL!

    lots of us Jews feel the same. we are keeping track of those who pick the wrong side.

    live with it, goodbye career, from lots of studios and agencies you use to work with.

  5. 5
    team Israel Says:

    before you open your mouths and criticize Israel, if thousands of rockets fell everyday in downtown LA or Madrid would you shake hands with the devil and say , yes sir what else can i do for you.

    you are hypocrites. and have no idea what its is like for Israel and our people.

    you annihilated Iraq because of 9/11 and Bin Ladin was hiding in Pakistan, and then point fingers we are the bad guys. Hahaha!!!!

  6. 6
    Roberta Says:

    Why people who speak against Israel are labelled anti-semitic? People have their own opinions and I totally agree with Javier when it comes to this conflict. Being against this war and being a pro-Palestine, does not make an anti-semitic, it just makes you human.

  7. 7
    Fedup Says:

    Whatever! Europe is rampant with anti-Semitisim…since before WWII. They all sat back and watched Jews murdered and persecuted and now when the Israelis are trying to defend themselves, it is a problem. I guess they believe that the only good Jew is a dead one.

  8. 8
    Roberta Says:

    @team Israel: Go educate yourself first.

  9. 9
    Fedup Says:

    @Dee: And Hamas is a “humanitarian organization”. Go read your history….Islamic extremism will soon be in our own backyards.

  10. 10
    sx Says:

    @team Israel: the resentment is big on this one

  11. 11
    corea Says:

    I love Javier and Penelope and I applaud them for speaking out. I also happen to agree with them in their original statement and in this one as well. People ought to understand that it is possible to criticize a government’s policies and not be antisemitic. Just because you think the violence is horrible doesn’t mean you think the people of Israel are horrible. But people do have to understand that this is not equal. Israel has much more sophisticated weapons, and is richer and more powerful and they have controlled the lives of the Palestinians for years. They control their water and food supplies and they control their jobs and housing. The Palestinians are penned up like Indians on a reservation. Their lives are hell. I don’t support violence. But I have to say in this conflict I think Israel is the bully. They are shameful.

  12. 12
    Jentheho Says:

    @team Israel:

    Why is it too late? If he meant it, it’s never too late.

  13. 13
    Stop To Think... Says:

    Oh come on. Don’t back out of your statement now. What Israel is doing IS terrorism and a genocide. That’s indisputable. Innocent women and children are dying. No ifs, ands or buts. People’s hatred for Muslims is disturbing. It clouds their judgement. You call them animals and avenge their death and then wonder why they hate you? Fools. That’s what HYPOCRITES are. Especially ones who are oblivious to their own hypocrisy. Don’t point fingers and preach cleanliness when you have s.h.i.t on your hands.

  14. 14
    NYC Says:

    @team Israel:

  15. 15
    Christina Says:

    @team Israel: U.S. Americans as well as the majority members of the U.S. Congress supported invading Iraq due to supposed evidence stating that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. The United States was not looking for Bin Laden in Iraq.

  16. 16

    The nice thing about clean N-bombs is that they kill all of the crazy people who deserve to die without wrecking their nice cars.

  17. 17
    team Israel Says:

    Americans, pfffft, you think you are the world’s police force , yet you have plenty of unjust blood on your hands,

    i am not owned by stupid replies …and i am well educated.

  18. 18
    RME Says:

    @team Israel: Soooo you’re keeping track of names that dare to voice their opinions and because they don’t appease YOU, you threaten to destroy their career/life? I don’t know why Palestinians and Muslims view Jews and Americans as bullies and terrorist. They don’t manipulate people or bully them into submission. Oh no. THEY WERE VICTIMS OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST! Don’t you remember?! You MUST remember! Never forget that so they can justify their genocide of Muslims and continue BUTCHERING innocent people all under the disguise of “Either you’re with us, or you support terrorism/anti-Semitism”. Yes, lets continue using what Hitler, a GERMAN, did to the Jews to steal land, displace families and slaughter innocent civilians because otherwise the Jews will threaten to ruin your career and your life. Such lenient, reasonable victims, those Jews…

  19. 19
    GMAFB Says:

    @team Israel: If thousands of rockets were dropped on my land and innocent civilians were being killed by the hundreds and thousands, I’d be doing EXACTLY what HAMAS is doing. Firing back and protecting my land/people. See that goes? Both ways.

  20. 20
    GMAFB Says:

    ***See how that works. Both ways***

  21. 21
    Living in a box Says:

    You cannot criticise Israel without been label as anti-Semite. Israel is the terrorist state.

  22. 22
    Lola Says:

    I don’t understand why they are getting so much heat. It is as if because the US does not know of the other people that signed the letter they are the only ones responsible. I don’t see anything wrong with the original comment or with this one. We all have a right to voice our opinion and hopefully that opinion is based on true research and analytical thinking. It is not black and white, and the history of that side of the world started before 1948 and before the Mandate.

    PS. Hitler was born in Austria.

  23. 23
    luscious Says:

    Another dumb F..k… Spain is such a tolerant place.. remember Isabella… no comment on all the Syrians being killed.. iISIS beheadings.. not a word from this genius… Israel.. well of course.. they should just suck it us and take those rockets.. cease to exist.. that’s what the world wants…
    Such astounding ignorance..

  24. 24
    JMO Says:

    @Lola: I think the point about Hilter was that whether he was born in Germany or Austria, he’s not a Muslim, therefore, Muslims shouldn’t have to be paying a price for the Holocaust. Yet, somehow they are. Land is being stolen away from Palestinians and they’re being beaten and slaughtered by Jews as if *they* were the ones responsible for what happened to them. It really is unfathomable. Muslims are having to pay for what happened to the Jews. THEY are the ones that are actually being bullied and terrorist.

  25. 25
    Nataly Says:

    Israelis don’t want this war either but the nonstop bombing giving them no choice- they must to destroy missile launch facilities that deliberately were placed in schools, hospitals- Hamas is using their own people as human shield.
    All that israelis want is Gasa be free from this terrorist organization that is called Hamas.

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