Hundreds of Hollywood stars urge Biden with the 'No Hostage Left Behind' letter, as a significant number of prominent Hollywood stars and industry executives jointly expressed their appreciation to President Joe Biden for his leadership during the Israel-Hamas conflict. They have also called for continued attention to be given to the issue of hostages in Gaza. The letter was organized and circulated by a group of Hollywood leaders associated with a website known as "No Hostage Left Behind."
Notable figures such as Gal Gadot, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Bradley Cooper, Madonna, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock, Bob Odenkirk, Debra Messing, Constance Wu, Justin Timberlake, Tyler Perry, Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza, Zack Snyder, and Shawn Levy have added their names to this document. Notably, Gal Gadot and Amy Schumer are actively engaged in the coalition leading this effort.
"We are heartened by Friday's release of the two American hostages, Judith Ranaan and her daughter Natalie Ranaan and by today’s release of two Israelis, Nurit Cooper and Yocheved Lifshitz, whose husbands remain in captivity," the letter began.
Furthermore, the letter highlights the collective relief felt by these celebritiesand executives regarding the release of certain hostages. However, their predominant concern centers on the ongoing captivity of 220 innocent individuals held by terrorist groups, with the looming threats of torture and death. The letter also extends gratitude to President Biden for his unwavering moral commitment and his support for both Jewish and Palestinian communities.
"We all want the same thing: Freedom for Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace," the letter read. "Freedom from the brutal violence spread by Hamas. And most urgently, in this moment, freedom for the hostages."
President Joe Biden standing in front of two microphones
Read the full letter below:
Dear President Biden,
We are heartened by Friday’s release of the two American hostages, Judith Ranaan and her daughter Natalie Ranaan and by today’s release of two Israelis, Nurit Cooper and Yocheved Lifshitz, whose husbands remain in captivity.
But our relief is tempered by our overwhelming concern that 220 innocent people, including 30 children, remain captive by terrorists, threatened with torture and death. They were taken by Hamas in the savage massacre of October 7, where over 1,400 Israelis were slaughtered – women raped, families burned alive, and infants beheaded.
Thank you for your unshakable moral conviction, leadership, and support for the Jewish people, who have been terrorized by Hamas since the group’s founding over 35 years ago, and for the Palestinians, who have also been terrorized, oppressed, and victimized by Hamas for the last 17 years that the group has been governing Gaza.
We all want the same thing: Freedom for Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace. Freedom from the brutal violence spread by Hamas. And most urgently, in this moment, freedom for the hostages.
We urge everyone to not rest until all hostages are released. No hostage can be left behind. Whether American, Argentinian, Australian, Azerbaijani, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chilean, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Eritrean, Filipino, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Italian, Kazakh, Mexican, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, South African, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Thai, Ukrainian, Uzbekistani or otherwise, we need to bring them home.
These celebritiesand industry leaders underscore their support for freedom, peace, and an end to the violence caused by Hamas, emphasizing the urgent need for the release of all hostages. Their collective plea reflects a shared desire for peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.