Angelina Jolie condemns Hamas terror attack, but says Gaza bombing not justified

Actress says sick by attack on Israel and hopes for hostages' safe return, yet criticizes IDF actions in Gaza without acknowledging Hamas's role or the ongoing rocket fire targeting Israel

Dennis Bihler|
The Oscar-winning American actress Angelina Jolie shared on Saturday a statement following the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
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In an Instagram post, Jolie writes, "Like millions around the world I have spent the last weeks sick and angry at the terrorist attack in Israel, the death of so many innocent civilians, and wondering how best to help. I too am praying for the immediate, safe return of every hostage, and for the families who carry the unimaginable pain of a murder of a loved one. Above all, the children murdered, and the many children now orphaned.”
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אנג'לינה ג'ולי
אנג'לינה ג'ולי
Angelina Jolie
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However, the actress continued by saying that the Gaza Strip strikes are not justified, while completely ignoring the fact that Israel's civilians - for over 3 weeks now - have been constantly under rocket fire from both the North and the South by Hamas and Hezbollah.
“What happened in Israel is an act of terror. But that cannot justify the innocent lives lost in bombing a civilian population in Gaza that has nowhere to go, no access to food or water, no possibility of evacuation, and not even the basic human right to cross a border to seek refuge.”
“My focus is on the people displaced by violence in any context,” Jolie's statement read. “Gaza has a population of over 2 million people (half of them children), who have lived under a severe blockade for nearly two decades, on top of decades of displacement and statelessness.”
It's clear that Jolie's heart is in the right place and she simply wants to prevent the unjust killing of innocent civilians. However, as long as doesn't mention Hamas at all in this context, and there's no recognition of their role in the dire situation in Gaza – unfortunately, her message doesn't contribute anything to the situation, neither to Israel nor to the Palestinians. It only comes across as biased towards Jews worldwide.
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ג'ון וויט, ג'יי לנו ואסתי גינזבורג
Jon Voight
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Unlike Jolie, her father Jon Voight, showed complete support in Israel following the terror attack by Hamas. "Israel, I love you. Israel will stand tall for the land of its sacred soil. These sick-minded beings have been evil since birth; they’re trained to destroy."
“Let me assure you by the almighty power of God and the power of Moses, who once stood in the power of evil forces, that this is the Holocaust,” Voight added. “It’s the horror that was witnessed by the Jews of Auschwitz, and I have come now to warn the evil ones that God will show truths again. He shall win this war for His people, as when Moses was able to lift the Red Sea.”
“The memory of this Hamas Holocaust will haunt all, but we shall heal; we shall make sure this will never happen again. The world is mourning with you, Israel,” he expressed. “And the U.S. stands with you and, as Moses says, let our people go. Much love to you, Israel. Much love.”
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