5:54 pm - 08/03/2014

Angelina Jolie’s pro-Israel father Jon Voight accuses Penelope Cruz of inciting anti-Semitism

Jon Voight has accused Penelopé Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem of 'inciting anti-Semitism' after they signed an open letter condemning the Israeli government’s Palestinian 'genocide'.

The couple, along with some of Spain’s biggest entertainment names, signed a group letter calling for a stronger response by the European Union to stop Israel's military operation – ‘Protective Edge’ – in the Gaza strip.

It stated that Israel "humiliates, detains, and tramples on the rights of the Palestinian population in all of the West Bank every day, also causing many deaths" and destroying homes while "the international community does nothing".

After receiving a barrage of criticism and being labelled an ‘anti-Semite’ for pledging their support, Cruz and Bardem issued a clarifying statement a day later, explaining that her "only wish and intention" in signing the group letter was to promote "peace in both Israel and Gaza".

But Voight, the veteran actor and father of Angelina Jolie, is yet to have been appeased by their comments.

The screen star, who is pro-Israel, decided to pen a strongly worded open letter of his own in response to the acting couple, published in full on Variety.

"My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry," it begins. "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 caused.

“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."

He goes on to claim that Israel, after years of being at war with the Palestinian people, gave them the Gaza strip as a gesture of peace.

"What was the response?" he writes. "The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.

"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 justice."

He ends the piece by pleading for famous names in the entertainment industry to re-address their anti-IDF stances.

"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: Israel.

"You should hang your heads in shame," he concludes. "You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel."

Cruz and Bardem are yet to respond to his letter.

Voight isn’t the only famous person who has pledged their support for the IDF. Wonder Woman Gal Gadot stirred some controversy with this post, while Bill Maher shocked with this Twitter quip. Joan Rivers defended the Israeli government’s military offensive with this.

Those who have declared their support for the Palestinian cause include Zayn Malik, Rihanna and Russell Brand.

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miwa201 3rd-Aug-2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
ugh voight.

but lol at how angelina is all about humanitarian work and yet she's been completely silent about this.
vanishingbee 3rd-Aug-2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Angelina doesn't typically comment on active political issues, she seems to prefer to do ground work
somerset 3rd-Aug-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
she constantly issues press releases about active political issues like she recently did with syria and about donating money to malala's charity. If this was an arab/african country massacring defenseless people she would have already issued a press release about the need for western/un intervention
metrictons 3rd-Aug-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)

Oh? And she's spoken about it years ago...and has visited with Palestinian refugees more than once.
actinkindashady 3rd-Aug-2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
She commented on it before it became a hot topic
yurasama_love 3rd-Aug-2014 04:08 pm (UTC)

Historically, Muslims protected Jews from Christians during the Crusades.
reciprocidad 3rd-Aug-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Zionism is hell.
secretivexhero 3rd-Aug-2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
The worst thing is that in all of this, the LEGIT JEWISH folk - the educated, well-versed in Judaism, etc - are the ones who actually know and understand the REAL root of the problem.

In history, Muslim rulers were the most tolerant to the other religions. In Spain and Portugal (I'm from these regions), the Muslim rulers promoted peace between all 3 religions. It wasn't until the damn conquistadores that shit hit the fan, and the most educated in the area understand that today. Ignorance breeds violence.
imyssa 4th-Aug-2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
Ignorance and poverty bread hatred, violence and terrorism (that goes for all sides).

Education and health are the key. If you've put in the work to get ahead in life and are successful and have a lot to lose, you are less likely to engage in behaviour that would jepardize that.

Employment opportunites seem to be scarce in the region.
xadyx 3rd-Aug-2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
Shut the fuck up asshole
troutymouths 3rd-Aug-2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
when celebrities try to be political smh

selenia_actimel 3rd-Aug-2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
I never really understood this point of view. Anyone can have an opinion on politics, and anyone can use a public platform and express their views (as we are doing now). The fact that, due to their fame, they will necessarily be more heard does not invalidate it. They're doing what we're doing.

Unless they use it as an obvious PR stunt, then I can agree with you.
troutymouths 3rd-Aug-2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Well they can do anytime they want tbh, it kinda helps raising awareness to the causes they're advocating and all that jazz... The thing is: they always make it messy.
duckyduck92 3rd-Aug-2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I mean you can't say that and then post a pic of kanye
thebloomroom 3rd-Aug-2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
umm lmao kanye doe...
prophecypro 3rd-Aug-2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Someone needs to tell dumbass what the term semite means. Also they ened to update him about who really kidnap those kids.
selenia_actimel 3rd-Aug-2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Mte on the kids. A conflict like this, you need to stay on top of the news, and an error like that is really crass. (unless his goal was to spread misinformation/he doesn't believe it wasn't Hamas - both are still bad)

Edited at 2014-08-03 05:35 pm (UTC)
evilgmbethy 3rd-Aug-2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
it feels pretty fucking anti-Semitic to conflate the actions of the Israeli government with Judaism but hey that's just me

also: Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers for the sake of killing, apparently he hasn't been keeping up with the news, because they did not

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:11 pm (UTC)
vanishingbee 3rd-Aug-2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
it's like they're treating netanyahu like some sort of Pope & what he says is what all Jewish people should follow
tiny_winey87 3rd-Aug-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
yes, we do need to learn to separate the policies of Israel's government from Judaism itself; unfortunately sometimes a government and its representatives are taken as an entire representation of its citizens.
astronautmike 3rd-Aug-2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Honestly the rhetoric of Israeli leadership does nothing to draw the difference and that's a part of the problem. They frame it as all or nothing, when there's several layers.

Honestly I think extreme Zionists do themselves a disservice by conflating Israeli with Zionism and Zionism with Jewish identity. Of course they are linked, but they're not the same. This only exacerbates anti-semitism (or anti-Judaism, as we've established that Arabs=Semites).
shonen_key 3rd-Aug-2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
ugh I still can't believe that Times of Israel article.
just444 3rd-Aug-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

what even...
that's nazi rhetoric

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:18 pm (UTC)
yurasama_love 3rd-Aug-2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
“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.
I like how he ignores that the land that was set aside was the Palestinians to begin with
lostinshalott 3rd-Aug-2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
chicaintcheap 3rd-Aug-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
lmao mte.

secretivexhero 3rd-Aug-2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
yeah wtf is his problem? how would he feel if someone came to the US and said "hey, so, this half of the country is now mine.. and in 20 years, I'm gonna take the rest of it. deal with it"
shonen_key 3rd-Aug-2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
ugh fuck you Jon Voight

Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers for the sake of killing, and celebrated after the killing?

[citation needed]
evilgmbethy 3rd-Aug-2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
the only citation to be offered in support of that is the Israeli government propaganda machine
spacebound09 3rd-Aug-2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
which movie this is from?
fierceputain 3rd-Aug-2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
looks like the show "sons of anarchy"
veronicarg 3rd-Aug-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
cittavuota 3rd-Aug-2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
MTE Chibs
zimraphel 3rd-Aug-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
"offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921"

SMH @ his phrasing basically equating a piece of land to, what, a piece of cake? Also implying that the UN is like the world's real estate agent with some sort of irrefutable claim on that piece of land being theirs to distribute as they wish.

Just shut up already, jesus fucking christ.
tadashee 3rd-Aug-2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I love that analogy of the UN acting as a real estate agent. That's exactly what they did.
kunklebunkle 3rd-Aug-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
As if we didn't know he was a massive douche already.
tadashee 3rd-Aug-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Well that's a heavy accusation.

Also what happened with the three Israeli teens? I thought Hamas didn't take responsibility for it, and don't terrorist organizations love claiming responsibilities for heinous acts like that? I think I read somewhere that Hamas didn't kidnap them, bu I can't find a reputable source.
yurasama_love 3rd-Aug-2014 04:20 pm (UTC)

Hamas didn't claim responsibility for the kidnapping, but there is a chance that there was a group within Hamas that went against the general group line to do this.
vanishingbee 3rd-Aug-2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
BBC reported on a police spokesperson using the phrase "lone cell" aka not Hamas was responsible, which corroborated reports from separate insider sources. The spokesperson later denied using the phrase at all and Israel is still claiming Hamas was responsible.
backtoblack 3rd-Aug-2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
There's a splinter cell off of Hamas that's been fucking a lot of things up and likely did the kidnappings
margo_girl 3rd-Aug-2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
how it makes it better that hamas didn't do it? so three teenagers were killed by regular palestinian people.its even more horrible then hamas terrorists.
astronautmike 3rd-Aug-2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
It doesn't make it "better" it just makes the context different.
tadashee 3rd-Aug-2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's not what I said. I was asking a question about what happened. You need to stop projecting.
dreamformula 3rd-Aug-2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
No one's saying it's better, just that it was a lone cell that was apparently responsible. Do you honestly think people are cheering the deaths of these poor children? They died horribly and it's a tragedy for them and their families. People are merely trying to comment on the facts as have been reported as clarification, they're not automatically trying to paint Hamas in a nice light by extension. Stop obfuscating the purpose for which people are replying by inserting a left-field interpretation.

Also, I'm curious, if you're against people making these types of differentiations, what do you then have to say about the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 17 year old Palestinian kid who was burned alive by a group of "regular" Israelis? Is the "lone cell" argument also not acceptable to you in that case?
zparklemotion 3rd-Aug-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
i get why Angelina doesn't want him in her life tbh
fenchurchly 3rd-Aug-2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
If I were her it would frustrate me to no end that he's really only still relevant because of me/her.
piperparade 3rd-Aug-2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
To be fair, he does work steadily in the business. But the headline of this post is annoying.
_______awshucks 3rd-Aug-2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
My friend having his Uber driver get out of the car and force him out to try and beat the shit out of him because he is Pro-Palestine and my friend is Jewish is anti-semitism. Signing a petition declaring your wish to see peace is not.

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:21 pm (UTC)
fenchurchly 3rd-Aug-2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Whoa. I'm also super curious how that came up within the time of an Uber ride. Were they listening to radio news?
_______awshucks 3rd-Aug-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
The Uber driver had a Palestinian flag sticker on the back of his car. He looked at my friends last name, which is easily identified as Jewish, and when the driver got to his place he skipped his street, pulled over onto the next and told him to "get out because he wanted to talk to him." He forced him out tried to throw punches at him but my friend was able to ward him off. He wouldn't call the cops because he has one of those "f the police" attitudes but they did call Uber to report him. Apparently this wasn't his first incident and he was fired.
perznpoprietess 3rd-Aug-2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the increase in attacks on Jewish ppl and places not anywhere near Israel is pretty telling that anti-semitism is part of the issue. Ppl should be concerned.
invisiblegirlx 3rd-Aug-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)


Israelis watch the bombs rain down on Gaza. If they feel so threatened by the rockets from Gaza why are they cheering on hills near by?
steph313 3rd-Aug-2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
You know, I remember reading about how people would pack picnic lunches and go out and watch Civil War battles, and that always made me "what the fuck?". Those people at least had the excuse that there was nothing else to do back then.
vibeology_e 3rd-Aug-2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
What the fuck? That's disgusting.
dreamformula 3rd-Aug-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't understand how this is acceptable. The people in photos like this are scum.
secretivexhero 3rd-Aug-2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
just wait until it starts happening to them.
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