Husband and wife pair Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz are among around 100 Spanish actors, artists and writers who have published an open letter denouncing what they are describe as ‘genocide’ in the Gaza Strip.
Oscar-winning film director Pedro Almodóvar also put his name to the letter in which prominent figures from the arts world called for the European Union to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip”.
They echoed UN Security Council calls for demanded an immediate cease fire by the Israeli military, and said Israel must “end the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for over a decade”.
“Gaza is experiencing horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. The homes of Palestinians are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing,” the art professionals said.
They called on Israel to open the borders to allow medical teams and food supplies into the Gaza Strip.
Israel and Palestine must “enter into dialogue” to ensure a “just and lasting peace” to the conflict,” the letter’s authors added.
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