Jon Voight BLASTS Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for Alleged Anti-Semitism
The couple were among the most high-profile signatories on the missive, which solely blamed Israel for the latest round of fighting with Hamas.
The Oscar winners later clarified that they wanted “peace” for both sides, not just the Palestinians, and acknowledged that all parties involved have suffered significant hardships.
But in a blistering column for The Hollywood Reporter, Voight writes, “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.”
Voight, the father of actress and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie, goes on to accuse Cruz and Bardem for being “ignorant” of the history in the region.
“I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives,” he writes. “Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?”
Voight continues, “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,” says the veteran actor.
He concludes, “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.”
What do you think of Voight’s criticism of Cruz and Bardem?