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Hollywood stars, executives unite in plea for hostage release amid Israel–Hamas conflict

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A coalition of prominent Hollywood figures, including Chris Rock, Diddy, and Tiffany Haddish, have penned an impassioned letter to President Joe Biden, expressing gratitude for his leadership during the Israel-Hamas conflict. The group of Hollywood power players connected to the recently launched website ‘No Hostage Left Behind’ also urged continued attention to the hostages in Gaza in the letter.

The letter opened with a note of relief at the recent release of American and Israeli hostages. It cited the liberation of Judith Ranaan and her daughter Natalie Ranaan, along with Israelis Nurit Cooper and Yocheved Lifshitz, whose husbands remain in captivity. Despite a glimmer of hope, the letter emphasized that 220 people, including 30 children, remain in the terrorists’ custody and are constantly in danger of torture and death.

The letter discussed the history of terrorization that both groups have experienced at the hands of Hamas, while expressing sincere gratitude for what they called Biden’s unwavering moral conviction and support for both Jewish and Palestinian communities. Hamas has governed Gaza for over 17 years and has left a trail of oppression and victimization.
he letter emphasized a shared desire for freedom and argued for Israelis and Palestinians to coexist peacefully, free from the brutal violence that they said Hamas promotes. It underlined the urgency of securing the release of the remaining hostages.

The coalition, which also includes Jerry Seinfeld, Lyor Cohen, and Adam Sandler, called on the global community not to rest until all hostages return home safely, regardless of nationality. The list of those captured includes individuals from various countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine.

President Biden has yet to respond to the letter.

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