Helen Mirren, Chris Pine, Gal Gadot, and Jerry Seinfeld are some of the A-listers seen on the letter which was released Thursday by the nonprofit entertainment industry organization Creative Community For Peace.
Amy Schumer, Liev Schreiber, Debra Messing and Mark Hamill were also among the signers.
The letter calls on leaders of the entertainment industry to “speak out forcefully against Hamas and do whatever is in their power to urge the terrorist organization to return the innocent hostages to their families.”
“This is terrorism. This is evil. There is no justification or rationalization for Hamas’ actions,” the letter continued.
Israel has reported at least 1,400 people were killed and thousands more injured in Hamas’ attacks over the weekend. Hamas is also holding as many as 150 people hostage in Gaza, according to Israeli authorities.
The letter also included a warning urging public figures in the entertainment industry to “to refrain from sharing misinformation about the war,” and to avoid amplifying any “propaganda.”
“My heart is aching for the lives lost and families shattered,” stated Gadot, I’m praying for everyone who has been affected by Hamas’ terrorism and brutality. And I hope that the world remains steadfast in their support of the Israeli people.”
“Our thoughts are with all those experiencing unfathomable levels of fear and violence, and we hope for the day when Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace,” the letter concluded.
CCFP’s Chairman, David Renzer, and Executive Director, Ari Ingel shared, “we join entertainment industry leaders horrified at the loss of life in cities, towns, and at a celebratory music festival in southern Israel. Sadly, only now, after hundreds of innocent lives have been lost, does the world comprehend Hamas’ barbarity. As nations around the globe joined together against the savagery of ISIS, the world must continue to support Israel as they respond to the savagery of Hamas.”
Here are some of those who signed the letter:
Over 1000+ Signatories Including: Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group; Gal Gadot, Actress, Producer; Irving Azoff, CEO/ Chairman, Full Stop Management; Bryan Lourd, CEO, CAA; Richard Lovett, Co-Chairman, CAA; Michael Douglas, Actor; Aaron Bay-Schuck, CEO/Co-Chairman Warner Records; Liev Schreiber, Actor; Chris Pine, Actor; Amy Schumer, Actress; Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress; Mayim Bialik, Actor; Debra Messing, Actress; Jerry Seinfeld, Actor/Comedian; Jody Gerson Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing; Ziggy Marley, Artist; Mark Hamill, Actor; Jenji Kohan, Writer and Producer; Ryan Murphy, Showrunner; Zachary Levi, Actor; Sharon Osbourne, Manager, On-Air Talent; Julian Edelman, Co-Founder, Coast Productions; Jim Berkus, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UTA; Greg Berlanti, Writer/Director/Producer; Andy Garcia, Actor; Tracey-Ann Oberman, Actress; Bella Thorne, Actress; Emmanuelle Chriqui, Actress; Howie Mandel, Entertainer; Eli Roth, Director; Antoine Fuqua, Producer/Director; Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder, Proxima; Phil Rosenthal, Actor/Producer; George Lopez, Entertainer; Mekhi Phifer, Actor; Jason Alexander, Actor/Director; Fred Savage, Actor/Director; Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc.; Dana Goldberg, Skydance, Chief Creative Officer; Gail Berman, Producer; Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive & Music President, Electronic Arts; Sherry Lansing, Former CEO of Paramount Pictures; Rick Rosen, Co-Founder, Endeavor; Josh Greenstein, President Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group; Rick Yorn, Co-Founder, LBI Entertainment; Kevin Yorn, Founder & Managing Partner, Yorn Levine Entertainment Law Firm; Ben Silverman; Chairman & Co-CEO, Propagate Content; Nina Tassler, CEO, Tassler, Inc.; Jeremy Piven, Actor; John Peck, Actor; Daniel Glass, Founder/CEO, Glassnote Records; Noa Tishby, Actress/Producer; Orly Marley, President, Tuff Gong Worldwide; Basil Iwanyk, Filmmaker and Producer; Jacqueline Saturn, President, Virgin Music; David Renzer, Former CEO/Chairman Universal Music Publishing; Modi Wiczyk, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, MRC; Zach Katz, President and COO, FaZe Clan; David Levy, Partner, WME; Mike Levine, Co-Head of CAA Sports; Risa Gertner, Co-Head of CAA Motion Picture Group; Michael Rotenberg, Partner, 3 Arts Entertainment; David Zedeck , Global Head of Music at UTA; Neil Blair, Partner, The Blair Partnership; Marty Singer, Attorney, Lavely and Singer; Patti Felker, Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan; Fred Toczek, Partner, Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan; Jacob Fenton, Partner, United Talent Agency; Chuck Liddell, MMA Fighter; Diane Warren, Songwriter; Tom Rothman, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Gary Barber, Former Chairman of MGM and Founder of Spyglass Entertainment; Scott Greenberg, Partner LBI; Guy Nattiv, Filmmake; Helen Mirren, Actress; Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises; John Fogerty, Musician; Billy Porter, Actor; Kevin Huvane, Co-Chairman, CAA; Jon Bernthal, Actor; Shannen Doherty, Actor; Sam Levinson, Writer/Director,Gary Sinise, Actor; Noah Wyle, Actor/writer; Simu Liu, Actor; Nicholas Sparks, Author; Danielle Panabaker, Actress, Kathy Ireland, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist/Chair & CEO, Kathy Ireland Worldwide; Frances Fisher, Actress/Activist, amongst others.
FULL OPEN LETTER
The nightmare that Israelis have feared for decades became a reality as Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israeli cities and towns.
Under the cover of thousands of rockets fired indiscriminately into civilian populations, Hamas murdered and kidnapped innocent men, women, and children. They kidnapped and murdered infants and the elderly. They raped women and mutilated their bodies. They paraded their bodies through the streets and on social media, and cowardly attacked the Supernova Music Festival – bringing death and destruction to an event celebrating friendship and love.
This is terrorism. This is evil. There is no justification or rationalization for Hamas’ actions. These are barbaric acts of terrorism that must be called out by everyone. They are a terrorist organization whose leaders call for the murder of Jews everywhere.
CCFP calls on our friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry to speak out forcefully against Hamas and do whatever is in their power to urge the terrorist organization to return the innocent hostages to their families.
As Israel takes the necessary steps to defend its citizens in the coming days and weeks, social media will be overrun by an orchestrated misinformation campaign spearheaded by Iran. We urge everyone to remember the horrific images that came out of Israel and to not amplify or fall for their propaganda.
Our thoughts are with all those experiencing unfathomable levels of fear and violence, and we hope for the day when Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace.