Translation of the Open Letter by Spanish director, Javier Bardem, dated July 25, 2014, condemning the massacres in Gaza, which he rightly defines as a genocide. His letter was subsequently signed by 100 Spanish celebrities. As of today, there are over 42,000 Facebook shares.
As horror is occurring in Gaza there is NO room
for equidistance nor neutrality. It is a war of occupation
and extermination against a people without means,
confined to a minimum of land, without water and
where hospitals, ambulances and children are
targets and alleged terrorists. Hard to understand
and impossible to justify.
And the international community’s stance is
embarrassing, allowing such genocide to happen.
I do not understand this barbarism, the Jewish people’s
horrible history makes it even more cruelly
incomprehensible. Only geopolitical alliances,
that hypocrite mask of business making
- for instance arms trade - explain the shameful
position of the USA, the European Union and Spain.
I know that the same people as always will
delegitimize my personal right of opinion,
because of that I would like to make the
following clear to you:
Yes, my son was born in a Jewish hospital
because I have dear people around me who are
Jewish, and because being Jewish is not the same
as supporting this massacre, just as being
Hebrew is not the same as being a Zionist,
and being a Palestinian does not mean being an
Hamas terrorist. That would be as absurd as
saying that being German links you to Nazism.
Yes, I work in the U.S., where I have friends
and acquaintances who reject such interventions
and aggressive policies. “One cannot invoke
self defence while at the same time killing children”,
one of them said to me on the phone just yesterday.
And there are others with whom I discuss openly
about our clashing points of view.
Yes, I am a European and I feel ashamed of a
community that says it represents me with its silence and
Yes, I live in Spain, paying my taxes, and I do not
want my money to finance policies that support this
barbarism and arms trade with other countries
that are enriching themselves killing innocent children.
Yes, I am outraged, ashamed and hurt because
of all the injustice and killing of human beings.
Those children are our children. It is horror itself.
I hope there will be compassion within the hearts
of those who are killing and that the murderous
poison that only creates more hatred and violence
will disappear. That those Israelis and Palestinians
who only dream of peace and coexistence
some day will be able to share their solution.
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