As hundreds of thousands of Israeli troops mass on the border with Gaza today for a near certain ground invasion in response to murderous terrorist attacks that started on October 7, the striking Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has planted their flag in the dire situation.
“SAG-AFTRA deplores and condemns the horrific acts of aggression against the Israeli people on Oct. 7,” bluntly said the 160,000-member strong guild Friday.
“The attack was a fundamental violation of human rights and dignity,” SAG-AFTRA added. There is no justification for the murder and kidnapping of civilians. We mourn the loss of life and urge the safe return of those who are missing and held hostage.”
“We stand united against hatred and violence and pray for peace.”
Friday’s comment by SAG-AFTRA echoes in many ways what the Directors Guild of America put out on October 11, one of the first of what is now many Hollywood groups and studios to offer their support for the Jewish state and condemn the killing of over 1200 Israelis and foreign nationals by Hamas..
“The DGA unequivocally condemns terrorism and joins the many voices in our community decrying the recent Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel and violence against innocent civilians,” the union said earlier this week “We stand against the growing spread of antisemitism here in the US and abroad, and remain committed in our actions, words and deeds to supporting the Jewish people.”
Dozens and dozens of civilians and military personnel have also been taken hostage by Hamas and are now in Gaza.
As Israeli air strikes pound the area, and American battleships are off the coast, Hamas has promised to kill the hostages in retaliation to any further reaction from Tel Aviv or Washington
Preceded by remarks from MRC, the DGA’s declaration was soon followed by a joint statement from the likes of Jeffrey Katzenberg, Haim Sabanm UTA co-founder Jim Berkus; CAA’s Chris Silbermann; Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz, Paramount’s Brian Robbins; and many more. “We unequivocally stand in solidarity with Israel in the global fight against terrorism,” the luminaries exclaimed. Disney’s Bob Iger and Dana Walden respectively sent out missives internally over the past few days to staffers deploring the attack and the bloody fallout ,as did and Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav
Last night, Disney announced that it was donating $2 million to humanitarian relief in Israel and the surrounding region. That was followed today by a similar $2 million donation from Comcast and a $1 million donation from Skydance
The WGA is now the only major creative guild in Hollywood to have not made a statement.