Artists’ Letter on Israel Faces Backlash for Ignoring Hamas Actions

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Over 2,000 actors, artists, and musicians, including Tilda Swinton, Steve Coogan, and Sam Heughan, have signed an open letter from Artists for Palestine U.K., condemning Israel’s actions without mentioning the atrocities of Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel. The letter accuses Israel of war crimes and demands a ceasefire and humanitarian aid for Gaza. It has faced backlash for not addressing Hamas’s actions, including the targeting of schools and youth centers in Israel, the deaths of over 1,400 individuals and the hostage-taking of around 200 others. Some U.K. officials have criticized the letter for presenting only one side of the complex issue, highlighting the need to consider both perspectives in the conflict.