I have translated this letter written by the Spanish actor Javier Bardem, published today in the Spanish newspaper http://www.eldiario.es
I am not an official translator at all, but I hope this important message comes out correctly (after this translation was made, http://www.eldiario.es has published one here):
As horror is occurring in Gaza there is NO room for equidistance nor neutrality. It is a war of occupation and extermination against a people without means, confined to a minimum of land, without water and where hospitals, ambulances and children are targets and alleged terrorists. Hard to understand and impossible to justify. And the international community’s stance is embarrassing, allowing such genocide to happen.
I do not understand this barbarism, the Jewish people’s horrible history makes it even more cruelly incomprehensible. Only geopolitical alliances, that hypocrite mask of business making- for instance arms trade- explain the shameful position of the USA, the European Union and Spain.
I know that the same people as always will delegitimize my personal right of opinion, because of that I would like to clarify the following:
Yes, my son was born in a Jewish hospital because I have dear people around me who are Jewish, and because being Jewish is not the same as supporting this massacre, just as being Hebrew is not the same as being a Zionist, and being a Palestinian does not mean being an Hamas terrorist. That would be as absurd as saying that being German links you to Nazism.
Yes, I work in the U.S., where I have friends and acquaintances who reject such interventions and aggressive policies. “One cannot invoke self defense while at the same time killing children”, one of them said to me on the phone just yesterday. And there are others with whom I discuss openly about our clashing points of view.
Yes, I am a European and I feel ashamed of a community that says it represents me with its silence and non existent shame.
Yes, I live in Spain, paying my taxes, and I do not want my money to finance policies that support this barbarism and arms trade with other countries that are enriching themselves killing innocent children.
Yes, I am outraged, ashamed and hurt because of all the injustice and killing of human beings. Those children are our children. It is horror itself. I hope there will be compassion within the hearts of those who are killing and that the murderous poison that only creates more hatred and violence will disappear. That those Israelis and Palestinians who only dream of peace and coexistence some day will be able to share their solution.
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