The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip brought with it a wave of online misinformation that led to a drastic increase in antisemitic incidents around the globe.
Despite Hamas firing more than 4,000 rockets indiscriminately towards Israeli cities, including over 650 rockets than landed inside Gaza itself, hundreds of celebrities jumped on the anti-Israel bandwagon.
Rather than calling for the de-escalation of violence or an end to divisive rhetoric, entertainers, athletes, and executives posted misleading memes, propaganda statements, and one-sided accounts of the conflict on their social media feeds to their millions of influential followers.
However, there were also a handful of brave truth tellers, who were often attacked by bots, trolls, and fake accounts in a calculated attack to suppress their voices who used their platforms to post positive messages of peace, neutral acknowledgement of the pain and loss impacting all parties involved, and calls for de-escalation of the hateful rhetoric and malicious misinformation being spread.
Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) released its own statement signed onto by over 125 entertainers and leading entertainment industry professionals placing the blame of the violence on Hamas and urging our fellow peers to stop spreading misinformation. This open letter was signed onto by entertainment luminaries such as Gene Simmons, Selma Blair, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Diane Warren, and Michael Buble.
Here are some of the other courageous influencers who had the conviction to speak out against antisemitism and speak up on behalf of Israel.
Robert Patrick – Actor/Voice Actor
Amar’e Stoudemire- Professional Basketball Coach/Former NBA Player
Jenna Jameson Bitton – Model/Tv Personality/Businesswoman
Nathaniel Buzolic – Actor
Mayim Bialik- Actress/Author/Film Director
David Draiman – Singer/Songwriter
Anne Hathaway- Actress
James Van der Beek – Actor
Elon Gold – Comedian/TV Actor/Producer
Esti Ginzburg – Model/Actress
Meghan McCain – TV Personality/Author
Michael Rapaport – Actor/Comedian
Noga Erez – Musician/Producer
Tyson Fury – Professional Boxer
Guy Oseary – Talent Manager
Rihanna – Recording Artist/Businesswoman
Phil Soussan – Bass Guitarist/Songwriter
Noa Tishby – Actress/Producer/Activist
Julian Edelman- Former NFL Player
Debra Messing – Actress
Subliminal – Rapper/Singer
Mark Pellegrino -Film and Television actor
Of Verona – Indie Rock Group
Selma Blair- Actress
Tomer Hemed – Professional Soccer Player
Massari – Recording Artist
Golden Barbie – Model/Fashion Influencer
Mohamed Salah – Professional Soccer Player
Emmanuelle Chriqui – Actress/Model
Kerry Washington – Actress/Producer/Director
Guy Nattiv – Film Director/Screenwriter/Producer
Gal Gadot – Actress/Model
David Beckham – Former Professional Soccer Player/Businessman
Jon Voight – Actor
Jill Kargman – Actress/Author/Writer
Moran Atias – Actress/Model
Gene Simmons – KISS