Celebrities speak out against anti-Semitism as tensions continue to rise in Middle East


After months of support for various movements, including Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate, attention in Hollywood is turning to anti-Semitism as a conflict between Israel and Palestinians persist and hate crimes against the Jewish people are on the rise.

One of those crimes was a recent attack on a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles earlier this week. Pro-Palestinian protesters got out of their vehicles as they passed the Beverly Grove restaurant and reportedly started targeting and attacking Jewish diners as the brawl was caught on camera.

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, and a spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News Thursday that three suspects were still wanted in the 10 p.m. incident on Tuesday.

Today, a large number of celebrities denounce anti-Semitic sentiments.

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“I am speechless and devastated by the anti-Semitic attacks in my hometown as well as the vandalism very close to my home targeting Jewish businesses in the past 24 hours,” Mayim Bialik tweeted earlier this week. “I don’t even know what else to say.”

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in peace and security,” Kim Kardashian posted on her Instagram story on Wednesday, according to Variety. “Anyone who tries to convince you that one has to come at the expense of the other is not supporting human rights for all humans.”

“Jews in the Diaspora need allies”, actor Sarah silverman tweeted, in part. “WE ARE NOT ISRAEL. And we are certainly not the Israeli government.”

“Why are Jews not included in your activism?” actor Michael Rapaport said on Instagram in a message to his “social justice friends”.

Debra Messing shared a long thread on Twitter about it.

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“I pray for a 2 state solution. I pray that the killing will stop. But it is * impossible as long as Hamas is allowed to continue its campaign to destroy Israel,” she wrote in part. “Hamas must be defeated. For the safety of everyone in the region. For the safety of Jews everywhere.”

James Van Der Beek shared a long post on Instagram fondly recalling his time with Palestinians and the people of Israel.

“… I will not pretend to understand the geopolitical complexities that fuel this conflict,” he wrote in the caption of the post, which featured several photos of the nation. “But there is a lot of humanity on both sides of this razor wire, and whatever ‘solution’ fails to recognize that … is not a solution.”

Fashion designer Dorit Kemsley took to Instagram to share a graphic featuring the Star of David and the text ‘Stand against anti-Semitism’.

“I am with Israel. Period,” wrote Jenna Jameson. “May GD protect its people #myfamily If you want to know more I suggest you follow and read @rudy_israel’s posts. He is incredibly competent! ”

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A number of stars shared a singular blue square in solidarity with the Jewish community. Stars in this capacity include Kyle Richards, Meredith Marks, Mike Shouhed and Jill Zarin.

Zarin added: “Please stand up against anti-Semitism. Every 100 years this cycle of hatred occurs. When can the world live in peace and stop killing Jews just because they are Jews?”

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Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui also shared a graphic calling for an end to hatred towards various communities, including the Jewish community, Muslims, blacks and more.

Danielle Wallace of Fox News contributed to this report.



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