‘History is watching’: Hollywood stars urge Biden to push for ceasefire in Israel and Gaza

‘History is watching’: Hollywood stars urge Biden to push for ceasefire in Israel and Gaza

Actors’ movement includes Oscar winner and calls for “an immediate ceasefire, an end to the bombing of Gaza, and the safe release of hostages.”

Comedian Jon Stewart

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(Reuters) – Dozens of Hollywood stars, including comedian Jon Stewart and Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix, wrote to US President Joe Biden on Friday, urging him to push for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing 1,400 people and taking about 200 hostage. Since then, Israel has heavily bombed the Gaza Strip and killed more than 4,100 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

“We call on your government, and all world leaders, to honor all lives in the Holy Land and call for and facilitate a ceasefire without delay – an end to the bombing of Gaza and the safe release of the hostages,” the celebrities wrote. Biden.

“We refuse to tell future generations the story of our silence, that we stood idly by and did nothing. As UN emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths told UN News: ‘History is watching,'” they said in the letter, citing Griffiths’ statement. on monday.

The nearly 60 signatories included Susan Sarandon, Kristen Stewart, Quinta Brunson, Ramy Youssef, Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, and others. “Humanitarian aid must be able to reach them (Gaza residents),” the letter said.

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Biden said Friday that he believes trucks loaded with humanitarian aid will arrive in Gaza within the next 24 to 48 hours. The bombing of Gaza, a 28-mile-long enclave, has created harsh conditions for some 2.3 million people living there under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took control of the area in 2007.

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