Angelina Jolie: “In Israel, an act of terrorism, but it does not justify bombs in Gaza”

The star speaks on the ongoing conflict: “Nauseated by the deaths in Israel, but lives matter the same way. Humanity calls for an immediate ceasefire”

More than 20 days after the start of the war, Angelina Jolie speaks on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. And he does so with a long note spread on social channels in which he supports an immediate ceasefire with an end to the bombing of Gaza. “What happened in Israel is an act of terrorism – he writes -. But it cannot justify the loss of innocent lives with bombings on the civilian population”, the words of the Hollywood star who worked alongside the High Commission for 20 years of the United Nations for Refugees.

“Like millions of people in the world – explains Jolie in the note -, I’ve spent the last few weeks sick and angry about the terrorist attack in Israel and the deaths of too many innocent civilians, wondering what the best way to help was. I also prayed for the immediate and safe return of the hostages and for the families who must endure unimaginable pain due to the murder of a loved one. Especially for the children killed and those now left orphaned.”

“What happened in Israel is an act of terrorism – the actress reiterates -. But it cannot justify the loss of innocent lives by bombing Gaza’s civilian population who have nowhere to gono access to food and water, no ability to evacuate and not even the basic human right to cross the border to seek refuge.”

Because of my 20-year work with refugees, my focus is on people displaced by violence in every context. Gaza has a population of over 2 million people, half of them children, who have experienced a harsh blockade for almost two decades, in addition to other decades of displacement and no state”, continues Angelina Jolie, who continues: “The few aid trucks that are arriving are a fraction of what is needed (and which was delivered daily before the current conflict), while the bombings cause new and desperate humanitarian needs every day. The denial of aid, fuel and water is collectively punishing a people. Humanity calls for an immediate ceasefire. Palestinian and Israeli lives – e the lives of all people globally – matter equally“.

Whatever it takes to prevent civilian casualties and save lives must be done. Like many, I donated for medical relief. I have decided to support the work of Doctors Without Borders and I am closely following their updates”, the conclusion of the note.