Hollywood Condemns Terrorism

Friday, August 18, 2006 |  Staff Writer
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and executives – usually known for their support of leftwing causes - signed a joint declaration this week supporting Israel and condemning the terrorism of Hamas and Hizballah.

“We, signed below, are devastated and shocked from the civilian damage in Israel and in Lebanon caused by terrorist activities which were planned and executed by terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizballah,” the declaration reads. “If we do not stop global terrorism, chaos will reign and innocent people will continue to pay with their lives. We must support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all cost.”

Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles Ehud Danoch (photo) was behind the initiative. Since the beginning of the war, Danoch has been working hard on his own diplomatic front, briefing Hollywood personalities to try to get them to publicly support Israel.

The declaration was signed by a slew of famous actors including Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Dennis Hopper, William Hurt, Michael Douglass, Nicole Kidman, Kelley Preston, Don Johnson and Danny De Vito. The declaration was also signed by tennis star Serena Williams, directors such as Academy Award winners Ridley Scott, Michael Mann and Arthur Cohen, as well as media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone.

During the war in the north, Danoch met with these Israelis and created a taskforce, which included Arnon Milchan, Avi Arad, Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and David Matalon.

Actor Adam Sandler announced that he would donate $100,000 to Israeli children. About 400 Playstation games purchased by the actor are expected to be transferred to Jerusalem in the coming days.

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