In an column published by The Hollywood Reporter over the weekend, Hollywood heavyweight Jon Voight slammed his fellow actors for their ignorance in the Israel/Gaza conflict. Voight took special issue with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who signed an open letter condemning the Israeli “genocide” in Gaza.
“My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused,” the article begins.
You may recall Voight made the trip to Israel for Glenn’s 2011 Restoring Courage event. On radio this morning, Glenn praised Voight’s candidness – calling him “one of the more genuine people” he has met in Hollywood or elsewhere.
Below is an excerpt from Voight’s column:
They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.
And yet Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors. It voluntarily returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza as a peace gesture. What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.
You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.
You should hang your heads in shame. You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.
Read the entire column HERE.
“Wow, I love that guy… He has done his homework. He has done it for a very, very long time,” Glenn said. “When we were in Israel for Restoring Courage… he went out to these small Arab communities, which we does all the time, and he was just having fun and just getting to know them… This guy is phenomenal… I have met a few people in Hollywood I think are genuine, but this guy is really genuine – the kind of guy that is the real deal.”