Amid ongoing protests in the United States, activists and journalists are rallying against the Palestinian genocide, prompting additional Hollywood figures to join an open letter in favor of a ceasefire. The letter specifically calls on Congress and President Joe Biden to take immediate action for a de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll is approaching 12,000. Currently, Gaza’s hospitals are under siege by the Israeli army, creating a dire situation for doctors and patients who are trapped inside without access to water or food.
Several prominent names have recently attached their signatures to the cease fire letter, including Janelle Monae, a Grammy-nominated singer, Hollywood icon Richard Gere, comedian and host Hasan Minhaj and well-known supermodel siblings Gigi and Bella Hadid. Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also part of the list of artists rallying for ceasefire.
Apart from this, poet Rupi Kaur recently penned a scathing explanation of why she refused to attend a Diwali event at the White House. When asked for an explanation, the author went to X once again to answer all questions. “Countless national and global news outlets have contacted me for comment. This is my response,” he began.
“We demanded accountability, and it’s sad that the best the White House could come up with is, ‘Everyone has an opinion, we respect people’s opinions, and this is her opinion.’ “Everyone has an opinion…and that’s their opinion” is a disingenuous, demoralizing response to “Your government is helping to enable a Genocide with American tax dollars and we’re asking you to stop.”
Kaur continued, “Yesterday when President Biden was asked, ‘What are the prospects for a cease-fire in Gaza?'” He replied, “None. No chance.” Shame this government has no compassion for both the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost. Children of all communities deserve our love and compassion. Collective punishment is a war crime, it is inhumane and it cannot be solution”.
She went on to write: “Everyone has an opinion and this is her opinion” when Palestinian children dig themselves out of the rubble. When they carry their dead while being bombarded. When 900+ bloodlines have been erased forever. When hospital after hospital was bombed last night. Ambulances and maternity hospitals and cancer wards were destroyed in complete ruins. “Everybody has an opinion and that’s her opinion” rejects the plain and simple fact that the majority of Americans and the vast majority of the entire world demand a ceasefire.
The explanation continued: “Everyone has an opinion and this is her opinion” when the United Nations, the Pope and every global humanitarian, medical and aid organization out there beg and plead for a ceasefire. To this President Biden replies: None, no chance.’ Let’s keep the pressure on. Let’s sign petitions. Keep posting. Boycott. Call our representatives and demand – stop the genocide.”
Countless national and global news outlets have contacted me for comment. This is my answer:
We demanded accountability, and it’s sad that the best the White House could come up with is, “Everybody has an opinion, we respect people’s opinions, and this is her opinion.” pic.twitter.com/1sIQPjGXLx
— rupi kaur (@rupikaur_) November 10, 2023
Fatima Bhutto appreciated Kaur’s reply. Taking to X and citing the post, he said: “Please read Rupi’s brilliant reply – this is what the world demands: accountability and justice. Immediate ceasefire and nothing less.”
— Fatima Bhutto (@fbhutto) November 10, 2023
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