Mark Ruffalo apologized this week for accusing Israel of committing genocide in the recent fighting that started when Hamas launched rocket attacks against civilians.
The actor, who plays The Hulk in the Marvel “Avenger” movies, apologized on Twitter.
He wrote: “I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/ Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide.’ It is not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”
The actor is an outspoken activist who previously called for sanctions against Israel, comparing the country to apartheid-era South Africa.
Supermodel Bella Hadid deletes post accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing”
According to Fox News, which reported that it saw the since-deleted post, Hadid wrote that the conflict is not about religion but rather, “This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS.”
A representative for Hadid did not return a request for comment from Fox News.
Gene Simmons, Selma Blair, Michael Buble call on entertainers to stop spreading disinformation
A group of more than one hundred entertainment industry professionals signed an open letter calling on “colleagues and friends” to stop spreading disinformation about Israel and who is to blame for the fighting.
The letter, which starts by calling for an end to the violence, reads: “We also call on our colleagues and friends in the entertainment community to stop posting misinformation and one-sided narratives that only work to inflame the conflict instead of bringing about peace. While we may have differing opinions on the conflict, it is never okay for Hamas to publicly call for the killing of civilians, use civilians as human shields, and rain down missiles indiscriminately on civilian populations with no care about who is killed—Arab or Jew.”
Gal Gadot faces social media backlash for saying that Israel deserves to exist
Israeli actress Gal Gadot faced social media backlash for a message she posted on Twitter soon after fighting started.
She wrote: “My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.”
The “Wonder Woman” actress was then attacked by social media users who criticized her past service in the Israeli Defense Forces.