The difficult news from Israel about the war started by Hamas - in which at least 250 Israelis were murdered and dozens of hostages were kidnapped to Gaza - also reached Hollywood Saturday night, with some of its stars reacting with astonishment and expressing support for Israel.
In a post shared by popular Israeli actress Gal Gadot with the 109 million followers of her Instagram page, she explained that "at least 250 Israelis have been murdered and dozens of women, children and the elderly are being held hostage in Gaza by Palestinian military group Hamas. More than 3,000 rockets have been fired Hamas is holding hostages, and controlling bases and settlements in Israel. There are more than 1,500 injured and heavy fighting still continues," she wrote.
"I hear their voices, they are knocking on the door. I am with my two small children," she quoted one Israeli woman and continued: "My heart is aching, praying for all those in pain. " She later published another post in which she wrote, "I stand by Israel and you should too. The world cannot sit on the fence while these horrific acts of terrorism continue!"
Guy Oseary, Madonna's Israeli-American personal manager, also expressed concern, sharing a video of abductees. "Over 300 Israelis were murdered this morning. The terrorist organization Hamas said: 'If you have a gun - get it out. This is the time to use it - get out with trucks, cars, axes. Today the best and most honorable history starts.' This is horrific, these murders are being celebrated by the government/regime in Iran. Noa, who appears in this video, was at a PEACE music festival when she and others were shot at and kidnapped. Many women, children and elderly were taken from their homes and kidnapped. I have always prayed for peace. Always. I have always spoken up for my Jewish community and hae also spoken up for my Arab brothers and sisters. I have no words today, only heartbreak and only tears."
Israeli actress Yael Grobglas ("Jane the Virgin") also posted to her 1.3 million followers about the situation in the country. "Israel is under terrorist attack. At least 100 innocent Israeli citizens have been murdered, and many have been kidnapped while others have been taken hostage. My heart is with everyone at home. I support Israel."
Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman posted on the X social media platform about her sister and nephews who are in Israel. "They protested for months, fighting for a two-state solution. Israelis are made up of Jews and Arabs - of all colors. It's such a complex situation. But make no mistake - Hamas is a terrorist organization whose main goal is to kill all the Jews. This world breaks my heart."
Additional support also came from actress Jamie Lee Curtis ("Halloween"), comedian-actress Amy Schumer and the star of "Beverly Hills 90210" Shannen Doherty, who shared videos of what is happening in Israel and republished informational posts - including the words of Guy Oseary. Shumer wrote: "Jews are the only group that is not allowed to defend themselves. This has nothing to do with the occupation, Hamas does not want to stop the occupation. They want to set Israel on fire. They are financed by Iran, who are trying to sabotage the peace agreement."
And the support is not only coming from Hollywood. Mexican-Argentine actor and singer Felipe Colombo, who stars in "The Rebels," posted in the Hebrew language for his Israeli fans. "How awful! How awful! I'm so sorry. [Sending you] my best thoughts and wishes. Total sadness."