Wednesday, July 30, 2014

100 Spanish celebrities, including three Oscar winners, sign actor Javier Bardem's letter accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza

From the Hollywood Reporter:
     Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel's incursion into Gaza.
     In an open letter referenced by Europa Press and other Spanish media, they described Israel's actions as "genocide."
     They also called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip."
     In the open letter, they demanded a cease-fire by the Israeli military and urged Israel to "lift the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for more than a decade."
     The letter also said: "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."
     Others who signed the letter include directors Montxo Armendariz and Benito Zambrano; actors Lola Herrera, Eduardo Noriega and Rosa Maria Sarda; and musicians Amaral and Nacho Campillo.
     Below is Bardem in "Before Night Falls" playing gay Cuban writer Reynaldo Arenas. Bardem's performance in that film won him the first Best Actor nomination by a Spanish national in Hollywood history. He lost, but later won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in No Country for Old Men.

Signatory Eduardo Noriega starred, with Argentinian actor Leonard Sbaraglia, in an AKSARBENT favorite, Plata Quemada (Burnt Money), a huge hit in South America.

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