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article imageGaza 'genocide' denounced by Spanish film industry

By Anne Sewell     Jul 30, 2014 in World
Gaza - One hundred Spanish film professionals, including the husband-and-wife team Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, have published an open letter denouncing what they term the "genocide" happening in the Gaza Strip.
The Oscar-winning film director Pedro Almodóvar was also included in the list of names on a letter calling for the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip."
Other movie professionals in Spain who appended their signatures include directors Montxo Armendariz and Benito Zambrano; actors Lola Herrera, Eduardo Noriega and Rosa Maria Sarda; and musicians Amaral and Nacho Campillo.
Echoing the recent UN Security Council calls, demanding an immediate ceasefire by the IDF, the letter said Israel must also "end the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for over a decade."
Another portion of the letter read: "Gaza is experiencing horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. The homes of Palestinians are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing."
The film professionals also said that Israel and Palestine must "enter into dialogue" to ensure a "just and lasting peace."
With the recent bombing of hospitals in Gaza, the letter also called on Israel to open the borders to allow desperately needed medical teams and food supplies into the Gaza Strip.
So far in the 23-day conflict, over 1,200 Palestinians have been killed, many of them women and children. Early on Wednesday morning, a further at least 19 people were killed when the IDF bombed an UN school.
Bardem wrote a similar article for El Diario (Spanish language) last week, saying, "I am disgusted, embarrassed and hurt by so much injustice and murder," adding that the attacks are "difficult to understand and impossible to justify. These children are our children."
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