Mark Ruffalo is facing serious backlash after apologizing for comments he made in a recent Instagram
TW: This article contains details that some readers may find upsetting.
The fifty-three-year-old actor posted a series of tweets that raked in controversy.
But his most recent comments have caused backlash.
As we know, the tensions between Israel and Palestine have been brewing for decades...
And some think Ruffalo should reconsider his position on the issue.
While many believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began as a result of religion, it was actually born over the ownership of land and territory.
Israel, the world's only Jewish State, was established in 1948.
However, Palestinians, the Arab population that hails from the land Israel now controls, still refer to the territory as Palestine and want to establish a state by that name on all or part of the same land.
In 1967, a war broke out over the ownership and control of the land...
And, ultimately, Israel was left with full control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 2 territories home to large Palestinian populations.
Since then, Israeli security restrictions have been enforced upon Palestinian movement and activities...
And the land has continued to be denied to Palestinians residing there.
Controversially, the U.S has shown strong support for Israel in the last couple of decades.
The Trump administration renewed the warmth in the Israeli-American relationship, culminating in Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
According to the Institute for Policy Studies, Israel has benefitted from billions of dollars from the U.S...
Mostly in the form of military and economic aid sent annually by Washington.
All the while, Palestinians have continued to fight for their rights, their freedom, and their land.
But 2 weeks ago, the violence escalated to devastating levels.
In the worst bombardment of airstrikes since 2014, Gaza Strip faced an abundance of attacks from Israeli forces.
At least two-hundred Palestinians have been killed by the strikes, according to Palestinian health officials, as per The Washington Post.
At least several hundred more have been wounded.
Israeli forces killed at least seventeen children in the territory, Al Jazeera reported.
Palestinian militants retaliated by launching a heavy barrage of missiles Tuesday 11, killing at least 2 Israelis in the coastal city of Ashkelon.
Hundreds of Palestinian residents have been left homeless as a result of the attacks.
Palestinians in Gaza evacuate their homes amid intense Israeli bombardment. 🔴Latest updates:… https://t.co/LPC5mSwWcV— Al Jazeera English (@Al Jazeera English)1620805513.0
Despite specific areas being targeted, residential areas and buildings have taken the brunt of the airstrikes, leaving citizens injured and on the streets with nowhere else to go.
Devastating footage from Gaza has been circulating on social media since the airstrikes began...
This happened in front of my house #GazaUnderAttack https://t.co/BsUgoq0Yrx— Farah Baker (@Farah Baker)1620790323.0
And people from all over the world have been watching, both transfixed and horrified, as the violence continues to unfold.
And now, actor Mark Ruffalo has opened up about his stance in a series of tweets...
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
Ruffalo urged, "Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people – it's time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians." In another, he expressed the need for "equality and human rights for the Palestinian people to stop the rise of extremism on both sides."
But it didn't take long for Ruffalo to apologize for his previous comments, taking to Twitter with the following message...
I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 25, 2021
"I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing 'genocide'. It's not accurate, it's inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole."
Some have thanked Ruffalo for reconsidering his position and reflecting on the issue...
That's a very positive statement. It is hyperbole. But I think, more importantly, it speaks very well of you to be able to and say of something, I shouldn't have said that. That's much harder to do than most people think. I have a lot of respect for anyone who does that.— Hussein Ibish (@Ibishblog) May 25, 2021
However, it also sparked a significant backlash with some of his followers blasting him as "spineless" for changing his view...
well done on throwing Palestinians under the bus and for also framing the onslaught as Israel vs Hamas, when it’s been 73 years of this shit prior to the existence of a group revolting against Israeli blockade, occupation and apartheid— Jennine #SaveSheikhJarrah (@jennineak) May 25, 2021
Booooo have a spine have some integrity. You stand up for the oppressed when it’s fashionable , but then you walk back your statements when it upsets polite society. That’s not using your voice to aid- that’s clout chasing man.— Salt M. Bank (@saltmbank) May 25, 2021
If yall dont have the guts to stand by what you say and believe in, please dont bother speaking up and then backtracking. It invalidates their struggles and does more damage to the movement than not saying anything.#FreePalestine #GenocideInGaza #SaveSheikhJarrah— Lassan 🇵🇸 (@ipogistan) May 25, 2021
If the term "genocide" could only ever refer to a *completed* genocide, then we could never describe one in process in order to prevent it. An entire population would have to already be wiped out before we said "ah yep, that was genocide I guess."— The Other Bret (@WolfgangTowns) May 25, 2021
Please think this through.
A ceasefire was finally declared on Friday, May 21. Sadly, this comes after the deaths of over 250 people during the eleven days of violence...
The majority of those killed were Palestinians.
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