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Actor Mark Ruffalo apologizes for posts suggesting Israel is committing ‘genocide’

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.

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.

Ruffalo also called on President Biden 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.

Tags Criticism of the Israeli government Hamas Hollywood Israel Israel-Gaza conflict Joe Biden Mark Ruffalo Marvel

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