Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday, with at least 35 killed in Gaza and five in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges in years.
Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza into Wednesday morning, as the Palestinian groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba. One multi-story residential building in Gaza collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli airstrikes.
Since the escalation of violence, celebrities like Bella and Gigi Hadid have condemned the oppression on their social media. And now, the Hulk actor has done the same. Sharing a website’s call to action in light of the oppression on Palestinians, Mark Ruffalo said it was time for sanctions on Israel.
He tweeted, “1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. Nine children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah.”
1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people - it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah https://t.co/f9R6LYljez— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 11, 2021
Lauding the actor’s transparency amid the trove of diplomatic tweets, Pakistani actor Ushna Shah wrote, “This man doesn’t just play the Hulk... he has the mettle! To say this in Hollywood, that too, working for one of the biggest franchises! Always loved him as an actor and today my respect for him has grown a hundred fold! #SaveShaikhJarrah #JerusalemUnderAttack.”
This man doesn’t just PLAY the Hulk... he has the mettle! To say this in Hollywood, that too working for one of the biggest franchises! Always loved him as an actor and today my respect for him has grown a hundred fold! #SaveShaikhJarrah #JerusalemUnderAttack https://t.co/7VqVtvFq4O— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) May 11, 2021
The Avengers star has a history of speaking up for Palestinian rights. During Israel's 2014 war on Gaza, Ruffalo slammed the Israeli army for blowing up Al-Wafa Hospital killing dozens of patients. "There is no reason why an ally of America shouldn't be held to the standards of any other country in the world, especially an ally. And what I see there is wrong," he said, according to Middle East Monitor.
In October 2020, the Hollywood A-lister called out Israeli apartheid during an interview on the Mehdi Hasan Show. Speaking to the British journalist, Ruffalo said: "My connection to Palestine came through Palestinians and hearing their stories and then watching this asymmetrical warfare being enacted upon them. That kind inequality, that kind of oppression, that kind of apartheid."
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