Actor Mark Ruffalo on Monday issued an apology for suggesting Israel was guilty of committing “genocide” when speaking out against the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas.
“I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing 'genocide'. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole,” Ruffalo tweeted.
I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 25, 2021
A number of pro-Palestinian activists and demonstrators have characterized Israel's actions against Palestinians as genocide and apartheid, accusing the Israeli government of attempting to create an ethnostate.
International observers have pointed to the forced removal of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood, which was part of what sparked the most recent fighting, as support of their criticisms.
During the recent conflict in which more than 200 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed, Ruffalo was a vocal critic of Israel's actions. The Marvel actor, a longtime outspoken activist, brought attention to the Sheik Jarrah expulsions and called for sanctions against Israel, citing their effectiveness in helping to end apartheid in South Africa.
1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people - it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah https://t.co/f9R6LYljez— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 11, 2021
Ruffalo also called on President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE to call for a cease-fire. Though Biden praised the cease-fire when it was announced last week, the U.S. reportedly blocked multiple statements from the United Nations calling for a cease-fire due to the criticism of Israel that would have been included.