The decision against Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz came after the Oscar-winning couple signed an open letter, denouncing “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.”
The letter said Israel is stoking the conflict by “advancing on Palestinian territories instead of withdrawing to the 1967 borders.”
The letter calls for the EU to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip… Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”
More than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and over 10,000 injured in four weeks of Israeli aerial and ground assaults on the Gaza Strip.
Actor Jon Voight has called for the two to “hang your heads in shame.” He alleged they had stoked “the fire of anti-semitism.”
Ryan Kavanaugh, the chief executive of Relativity Media, has also said, “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that anyone calling what’s going on in Israel ‘genocide’ [instead of] self-defense is either ignorant and shouldn’t be commenting or is truly anti-semitic.”
This is while Bardem has said, “My signature was solely meant as a plea for peace. Destruction and hatred only generate more hatred and destruction.
“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.