As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, it has caught the attention of many prominent figures, including a rock star, an NBA player, and a scientist, who are publicly taking a stand against Israel and throwing their support behind the Palestinians.
Performing in England over the weekend, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder launched into a profanity-laced tirade in which he appeared to criticize Israelis, “who are looking for a reason to kill.” (Comments begin at about the 4-minute mark).
Additionally, famed physicist Stephen Hawking reemphasized his support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Hawking withdrew from an upcoming conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for what were initially thought to be health-related reasons. But World Bulletin, a pro-Palestine news site, reports that Hawking sent a letter to organizers criticizing the Israeli government.
Meanwhile, The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin, himself a supporter of the Palestinians, noticed that Houston Rockets center and NBA all-star Dwight Howard tweeted using the #FreePalestine hashtag over the weekend before quickly deleting his tweet. Howard eventually apologized for the tweet, and vowed that he “never will” comment on international politics again.
Other celebrities who have voiced their support for Palestine include:
We can passionately protest Israel's assault upon Gaza without descending, even remotely, into the hideousness of anti semitism.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 21, 2014
West Bank:'ever expanding illegal settlements; demolitions of homes, excessive use of force;& large scale detentions -are routine abuses.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 23, 2014
To not be outraged at the killing of children is to risk your very soul.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 21, 2014
The ugly inhuman siege of Gaza has had it's deadliest day today.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 21, 2014
I have been to Israel and Palestine &bombing civilians is not self defense @DavePresser: not political just self defense!-Go visit”— John Cusack (@johncusack) July 19, 2014
Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients http://t.co/nkSf09uQSK— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 17, 2014