I have joined with fellow filmmakers, actors, writers and artists — America Ferrera, Andrew Garfield, Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum, Ilana Glazer, Indya Moore, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Jon Stewart, Mahershala Ali, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Stipe,
AmerIsrael is a military operation. We all need to get back to acting as humans in countries. Stop the brutal Israeli occupation, the brutal Israeli and American hegemony and war / financial complex. And strive for peace. Unplug from the propaganda matrix off war and empire. Right wing religious fanaticism coupled with financial greed and propaganda is a lost battle.
No more money should be given to Israel before they accept the creation of a Palestine State with and International Force to secure the borders on both sides......If not, we are just wasting billions $ like we have naively done for too long......funds that could have been used for our own children who can not afford a decent meal a day. Michel from Canada
I agree with you, Michael. Any more aid to Israel should be contingent upon a cease fire. Stop the bombing! Routing out Hamas based on high level intelligence should be the approach. Stop violating the Geneva Convention rules of war.
A ceasefire is the only way to stop this madness. Israel has too many weapons already. I have never understood how the state of Israel seems to want to do to Palestine what was done to them. The Allies gave them a state, but did they consult Palestine?
What about Hamas Michael? Just leave them there until next time?
I appreciate this collective effort for peace. Man, you were so right on in that previous post (letter to Joe Biden) advising him to channel his best Jimmy Carter in talks with Israel and Arab leaders. I think Joe isn't half bad at foreign diplomacy, but there's so much pressure politically to support Israel under all circumstances. I get the sense Netanyahu is a real bad dude, and that's truly unfortunate for the Israeli people. Like US-Americans, we aren't all in lock step with our fascist ultra nationalist leaders. I feel for the Palestinians who have been virtual prisoners in Gaza to now be victims of Hamas's atrocities. Peace and mercy by and for all the people in the path of Netanyahu and Hamas. You're a good egg, Michael Moore. 💜
Simply devastating what they are going through. Over 100 years of this conflict now boiling down to unnecessary deaths of thousands of innocent humans. I hope someone can stop the madness.
While I am in sympathy with the need to de-escalate not escalate the Gaza/Israeli conflict, I find it appalling that you have not devoted equal text to the 1400 murdered snd 3800 wounded in the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. Israeli policy towards Arabs in Gaza over decades has been thoughtless from the standpoint of compensation for displaced Arabs and as a preventive to allowing Hamas to exist. That is the issue in the table; that Israel needs to stop bombing snd offer Arabs in Gaza their full support to build infrastructure--roads, hospitals, schools and homes and create a sustainable economy.
And your petition needs to be seriously rethought--it is polemical not useable
Biden is on the MID [ Military Industrial Complex ] Spectrum..
Adding my voice to a comment above, I disagree with the way Israel has handled HAMAS, but American news is nearly devoting all its attention to Israel’s terrible isolation and bombing campaign while ignoring the massacre--including the beheadings of babies by shooting them off--and the many other atrocities against defenseless people on the Israeli side.
HAMAS is not doing Palestinians any favors. Most Palestinians know this.
Not only does the indescribable bombing of innocent people need to stop, and their services be reconnected, but also, it is time that Israel learn to share that region because it belongs to three religions with the same origin. No longer can Israel claim it as entirely their own.
Israel must learn to respect all people and the other two religions that share that sacred place. As we know, Israel is the maker of their own peril.
On the other hand, beheading babies, attacking festivals, raping people, killing whole families in their homes, torturing and burning people alive, doesn’t help those on the fence about Palestine have compassion for them. The majority of people do not read enough to parse out the difference between Palestinians who are committed to peace from those who have allowed deep bitterness to guide their actions. HAMAS and Hezbollah are not reaching for sustainable solutions to Palestinian oppression. A complete investigation must be conducted, and the UN, rather than Israel, must be allowed to enter Palestine to find and arrest all terrorists that harm the Palestinian cause.
The UN must be allowed, or some appropriate entity, to redraw borders, and Israel must be held accountable for crossing those borders. Western nations that use Israel to position weapons toward Arab nations must agree to a plan to contain Israel’s borders and sanction them for causing the problem in Palestine. The ancient Jewish history, in the region, is not enough to claim the entire Holly Land as it’s own. In the modern world, ancient thinking holds the world back from thriving. This is no longer acceptable. An eye for an eye is no longer acceptable.
I don’t disagree in theory, but we need to address Hamas as well. They are a terrorist organization running a country; no different than the Taliban giving safe haven to terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda on their soil.
I won’t defend Netanyahu’s policies and right-wing government. The policies are partly responsible for Hamas’s actions, but let’s face it, Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and regardless of policy, they eventually strike, when the opportunity presents itself.
I’m against a total disastrous invasion, but what are Israel’s options? The status quo doesn’t work, and Hamas leading the Gaza, has become unacceptable.
Michael, please elaborate on your plan to stop the unnecessary violence and bloodshed that is engulfing the region? A ceasefire will mean Israel has to negotiate with terrorists. How has that worked out for America or any nation facing this type of threat?
Fine piece in The Guardian, written by Jonathan Freedland, Opinion section, Oct. 20, 2023.
Also in The Guardian, Oct. 18, 2023, Opinion section: Inequality, a piece by Adam H Johnson and David Sirota. A long read, and vital to perspectives and education on how a capitalist can operate so effectively as predator.
Nice letter here with many signatures.
I would love to see another commitment from artists to stop using violence as entertainment.
Violence is not entertaining. Violence destroys.
Remembering now, as I write this, the millions displaced and the traumas facing All.
Death is always noted as the qualifier of a conflict's sorrowful shock.
Shock and terror are equally alive in the millions of the living displaced. Peace to All.
Sorry, but you got this all wrong. The first job is to stop Hamas from ever doing this again by exacting punishment for what they did. Then it's on Israel to cut a deal Palestinians (not Hamas) can live with. Would you have called for a ceasefire after the wehrmacht rolled over Poland? Palestinians should be allowed or helped to live in peace and prosperity. Hamas should be wiped out. How do you do those two contractadictory things I don't know. Ask Mark Milley. But you can't let Hamas get away with killing kids and old people.
What about the 6.000 + rockets fired in to Israel? The 200 murdered at the music festival, the 100+ murdered at an adjacent kibbutz? What about Hamas having 30,000 rockets in their inventory?Firing them from civilian areas? The leaders of Hamas must leave Gaza permanently and new elections without Hamas pressure are needed. A cease fire is good if Hamas cannot use it to fortify their positions to lob more rockets in to Israel. Remember, Hamas started this war and they should be mentioned in your article as having EXTREME responsibility for starting the killing!
You have the best of intentions and care about human lives. That’s commendable. It’s unfortunate that United States of America/Israel doesn’t care about anyone except Israel. Our country keeps making weapons of destruction/war, we don’t do it for reasons of peace. It’s all about power and destruction, I’m afraid. Again, thank you for your conscious effort towards keeping peace. I just wish Israel thought the same.
THANK YOU, MICHAEL!! As a 70 year old Jewish woman who grew up in a very pro-Israel family and only learned about 20 years ago what was really going on over there (Palestinians? Never heard of them before that), I fully support Palestinian rights. But right now what is absolutely needed is a ceasefire so that the killing ends. Yes, what Hamas did to other human beings is obviously extremely horrible and sickening. But Israel has now killed 3 times as many innocent people, already living in desperation, in retaliation. Is that any less horrible? And the U.S. has been and continues to support this genocidal behavior of Israel's with our tax dollars; Biden wants to increase that?? CEASEFIRE NOW!!!