A group of nearly five dozen celebrities, including Vic Mensa, Victoria Monet, Miguel, Quinta Brunson and Ryan Coogler, has signed a letter calling for “an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost.”
“We come together as artists and advocates, but most importantly as human beings witnessing the devastating loss of lives and unfolding horrors in Israel and Palestine,” the letter, addressed to President Joe Biden, reads.
“We ask that, as President of the United States, you call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the last week and a half – a number any person of conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe all life is sacred, no matter faith or ethnicity and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”
The letter arrived nearly two weeks after hundreds of celebrities, including Gal Gadot, Jerry Seinfeld and Jamie Lee Curtis, signed a letter condemning the attacks on communities in southern and central Israel on October 7, 2023.
“The nightmare that Israelis have feared for decades became a reality as Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israeli cities and towns,” the letter reads.
“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.”
As time has passed, the decades-long conflict has continued to escalate, resulting in the loss of more than 1,300 Israelis and nearly 3,700 Palestinians. In addition, Palestinian civilians in Gaza are reportedly running out of clean water, food and medicine. In response, another group of public figures in the United Kingdom have also signed a letter calling for a ceasefire in the area.
“We support the global movement against the destruction of Gaza and the mass displacement of the Palestinian people. We demand that our governments end their military and political support for Israel’s actions,” the letter reads.
“We call for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow humanitarian aid to enter unhindered.”