Jolie’s dad slams Penelope Cruz over Gaza stance

Jon Voight said Cruz should 'hang her head in shame' after she spoke out against Israel's attacks on Palestinian civilians

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American actor Jon Voight, father of Angelina Jolie, claimed this week that Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem are helping “incite anti-Semitism” over their stance on the Gaza conflict.

Along with other well-known Spanish figures, the couple last week had spoken out against Israel’s actions in Gaza and called on the EU to act on halting all land, sea and air bombing against the Palestinian civilian population.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple signed a letter stating: “'Palestinians' homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity, free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”

Voight claimed that they promoted anti-Semitism by calling for a stronger response by the EU to condemn Israel’s military operation ‘Protective Edge’ in the Gaza Strip that has now claimed the lives of more than 1,800 Palestinians in just under a month.

In an open letter to the Hollywood Reporter, he wrote: “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.

“After years of trying to make peace, the wars they had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep, stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go and take out poison letters against them.

“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,” he added.

Cruz and Bardem are two of the latest celebrities to publicize their views on the ongoing conflict in Gaza, along with One Direction’s Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez and Russell Brand.

Voight, whose daughter is familiar with the region due to her role as a U.N. Special Envoy for refugee issues, ended his letter by pleading for all famous names in the entertainment industry to re-address their anti-Israel stances.