Nearly 200 Hollywood heavyweights and entertainers, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ziggy Marley, are speaking out, breaking Hollywood’s silence on current events in Israel. Signatories include Bill Maher, Gary Barber, Kathy Ireland, Ron Fair, Minnie Driver, Avi Arad, Sylvester Stallone, Jody Gerson, Scooter Braun, Ivan Reitman, Seth Rogen, William Friedkin, Tom Arnold, Sarah Silverman, Haim Saban, and many more.
Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives devoted to using art and music to build bridges for peace, brought its members and friends in the industry together in this shared commitment to peace and justice.
The statement (creativecommunityforpeace.com/justice), which expresses mainstream Hollywood support for Israel's right to defend its people against the terrorist organization known as Hamas as well as empathy for the loss of all innocent lives, will run in major industry publications, including Billboard, Variety, and the Hollywood Reporter, beginning August 23. The message from members of Hollywood to their peers is clear. The signatories want to set the record straight and to have their voices heard.
The campaign rapidly took off as CCFP’s advisory board members, along with other prominent industry leaders, began reaching out to their friends and associates. “We are heartened to have received such an enormous response from within the industry -- from artists to producers, agents, attorneys, managers, and industry executives -- which is gratifying especially as we witness the disturbing growth of anti-Semitism around the globe. We fully expect the list of signatories to continue to grow," said David Renzer, CCFP co-founder and chairman of Spirit Music Group.
“We are asking fans of art and music to spread our message through a social media campaign using the hashtag #CCFPandFriends,” said Lana Melman, CCFP director.
More than three thousand rockets have been fired from Gaza toward Israeli population centers over the course of the conflict. Many international artists, including the Backstreet Boys, Lana Del Rey, Neil Young, and CeeLo Green, were forced to reschedule their performances in Israel due to this threat.
CCFP opposes the singling out of Israel for a cultural boycott and helps provide balance to the dialogue regarding Israel's role in today's tumultuous Middle East. Steve Schnur, president, EA Music Group and CCFP co-founder, explained, "We and all of our friends in Hollywood hope for a speedy end to the conflict so that artists can resume travel to Israel and see for themselves the country's thriving democracy, its rich culture, and its people's profound desire for peace, once again allowing the power of art and music to bring people together."