US actor Mark Ruffalo condemned Israel’s “asymmetric warfare” against the Palestinians on the Mehdi Hasan Show on Wednesday night.
The Hollywood star, known for playing the Hulk, said “there is no reason that an ally of America should not be held to the same standards as any other nation.”
Ruffalo added that conversations with Palestinians and “hearing their stories” connected him to the issue.
“Watching this asymmetrical warfare being acted upon them, and violence being acted upon them, and who pays the price? The citizenry,” the Avengers star said.
“What I see there is wrong,” he added.
The actor said that after speaking out about it, he “was called an anti-semite,” which was “really tough” to hear.”
“The fact that so many people will take it to that extreme, when you’re talking about that kind of inequality,” he said.
Watch @markruffalo condemn Israel's "assymetrical warfare" against the Palestinians & argue "there is no reason that an ally of America should not be held to the same standards as any other nation. He slams "that kind of oppression, that kind of apartheid."
On the @mehdihasanshow pic.twitter.com/dvj4MQZJRd
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 8, 2020
The actor has spoken out on the Palestinian issue in the past.
In 2014, Ruffalo criticised Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on Gaza. “Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients,” he tweeted, in reference to Israel’s bombing of Gaza’s only rehabilitation hospital at the time.
Operation Protective Edge saw the deaths of more than 2,000 people in the blockaded Palestinian territory, including more than 500 children.
Ruffalo had endorsed Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn in previous US and UK elections.
Source: The New Arab
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