Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Gigi Hadid and Others Sign Open Letter for Cease-Fire in Gaza

The open letter calls for an end to the bombing of Gaza and the safe release of hostages, emphasizing the humanitarian crisis and particularly the impact on children and refugees in Gaza.

Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Gigi Hadid and Others Sign Open Letter for Cease-Fire in Gaza
As of the writing of this article, almost 150 celebrities have signed the open letter, which calls for "an end to the bombing of Gaza, and the safe release of hostages."

A group of over 100 people in the entertainment industry have signed an open letter to President Joe Biden, calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and Israel.

Dozens of A-list celebrities from the entertainment industry have signed the letter, which was created by a group of Hollywood insiders calling itself Artists4Ceasefire. The letter urges President Biden to push for an immediate de-escalation and cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, which is now in its third week. Amongst the celebrities who have signed the letter are Bassam Tariq, Bassem Youssef, Dua Lipa, Hasan Minhaj, Mahershala Ali, Mo Amer, Ramy Youssef and Riz Ahmed. The open letter calls for an end to the bombing of Gaza and the safe release of hostages, emphasizing the humanitarian crisis and particularly the impact on children and refugees in Gaza.

This letter is the latest in a series of celebrities speaking out on recent events. Riz Ahmed took to social media last week to call for “an end to the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza’s civilians.” In his Instagram post, Ahmed said that, “We are told there are two sides to what is happening in Israel and Palestine. But in my heart, I know there is only one — the side of our humanity … What’s happening in Gaza now, and has been happening in Palestine under the Occupation for decades, is horrific and wrong. The depth and reality of this suffering cannot be ignored.” Ahmed continued by saying that, “No words can encompass the pain, heal the rifts or do justice to all these injustices. Whatever you say will be too much for some and not enough for others. But what matters is that we speak up. Staying silent is not an option.”

As of yet, the Biden administration has not issued any public statements in response to the letter by Artists4Ceasefire or any other letter sharing the views of celebrities on the ongoing crisis.

You can read the letter from Artists4Ceasefire in full below.

Dear President Biden,
We come together as artists and advocates, but most importantly as human beings witnessing the devastating loss of lives and unfolding horrors in Israel and Palestine.
We ask that, as President of the United States, you call for an immediate de-escalation and cease-fire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the last week and a half — a number any person of conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe all life is sacred, no matter faith or ethnicity and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.
We urge your administration, and all world leaders, to honor all of the lives in the Holy Land and call for and facilitate a cease-fire without delay — an end to the bombing of Gaza, and the safe release of hostages. Half of Gaza's two million residents are children, and more than two thirds are refugees and their descendants being forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach them.
We believe that the United States can play a vital diplomatic role in ending the suffering and we are adding our voices to those from the US Congress, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, The International Committee of The Red Cross, and so many others. Saving lives is a moral imperative. To echo UNICEF, "Compassion — and international law — must prevail."
As of this writing more than 6,000 bombs have been dropped on Gaza in the last 12 days — resulting in one child being killed every 15 minutes.
"Children and families in Gaza have practically run out of food, water, electricity, medicine and safe access to hospitals, following days of air strikes and cuts to all supply routes. Gaza's sole power plant ran out of fuel Wednesday afternoon, shutting down electricity, water and wastewater treatment. Most residents can no longer get drinking water from service providers or household water through pipelines.... The humanitarian situation has reached lethal lows, and yet all reports point to further attacks. Compassion — and international law — must prevail." – UNICEF spokesperson James Elder
Beyond our pain and mourning for all of the people there and their loved ones around the world we are motivated by an unbending will to stand for our common humanity. We stand for freedom, justice, dignity and peace for all people – and a deep desire to stop more bloodshed.
We refuse to tell future generations the story of our silence, that we stood by and did nothing. As Emergency Relief Chief Martin Griffiths told UN News, "History is watching."
Alia Shawkat
Alyssa Milano
Amanda Seales
Amber Tamblyn
America Ferrera
Andrew Garfield
Ani DiFranco
Anoushka Shankar
Aria Mia Loberti
Ayo Edebiri
Bassam Tariq
Bassem Youssef
Belly
Bonnie Wright
Caroline Polachek
Cate Blanchett
Channing Tatum
Cherien Dabis
Darius Marder
David Cross
David Oyelowo
Dev Hynes
Diplo
Dominique Fishback
Dominique Thorne
Dua Lipa
Elvira Lind
Elyanna
Farah Bsaiso
Fatima Farheen Mirza
Florence Pugh
Hasan Minhaj
Hend Sabry
Ilana Glazer
Indya Moore
James Schamus
Jeremy Strong
Jessica Chastain
Jessie Buckley
Joaquin Phoenix
Jon Stewart
Kehlani
Kristen Stewart
Macklemore
Mahershala Ali
Margaret Cho
Mark Ruffalo
May Calamawy
Michael Malarkey
Michael Moore
Michael Shannon
Michael Stipe
Michelle Wolf
Miguel
Mo Amer
Natalie Merchant
Oscar Isaac
Quinta Brunson
Rachel Sennott
Ramy Youssef
Ravena Aurora
Riz Ahmed
Rooney Mara
Rosario Dawson
Rowan Blanchard
Ryan Coogler
Sandra Oh
Sebastian Silva
Shailene Woodley
Shaka King
Simi Haze
Stephanie Suganami
Susan Sarandon
Taylour Paige
Tommy Genesis
Vic Mensa
Victoria Monét
Wallace Shawn
Wanda Sykes
Yara Shahidi