- The Washington Times - Monday, August 25, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Maher, and nearly 200 other Hollywood celebrities and executives have joined together in signing a statement that condemns Hamas and advocates for a pro-Israel coalition.

Through a group called Creative Community for Peace, stars such as Sarah Silverman, Kelsey Grammer, Roseanne Barr and 187 other artists have hamas-823777/” target=”_blank”>endorsed a statement that is supportive of Israel and the “democratic values we all cherish,” Deadspin reported.

“While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas‘ charter, Article 7 of which reads, ‘There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’” the statement, posted on Creative Community for Peace website, reads.

Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields,” it continues.

Others who signed the document include Aaron Sorkin, Greg Berlanti, Josh Charles, Amy Pascal, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone, Minnie Driver, Pete Yorn, Jerry Weintraub and Ivan Reitman.

“We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace,” it concluded.

The celebrity-endorsed statement comes in stark contrast to a letter signed by several Spanish actors, including Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem, that called Israel’s actions in Gaza “genocide” and demanded for the European Union to condemn the Israeli government.