Liberal actor Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to apologize for accusing Israel of committing “genocide” earlier this month while the government’s battle with Hamas was in full swing.
“I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide.’” The Hulk actor wrote. “It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”
Ruffalo was accused of anti-Semitism by critics when he shared a petition calling for sanctions against the Israeli government on May 11. “1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured,” he tweeted. “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.”
The apology was celebrated by some, including Stand With Us executive director Michael Dickenson, who wrote: “Correct. There is conflict, sure. And people of goodwill work for peace. But there is no genocide. The “genocide” lie is used to incite violent – sometimes deadly – antisemitism. It matters that you set the record straight and used your voice to reconcile and not divide.”
But the actor’s reversal infuriated pro-Palestinian activists. Bishop Talbert Swan questioned why Ruffalo changed his views. “You never referred to the Palestinians who were being slaughtered as ‘Hamas’ in your previous tweets,” he replied to Ruffalo. “What happened? Who got to you? Were the 70+ murdered children fighting for Hamas?”
Twitch streamer Hasan Piker responded, “You should tell the families of the 200+ murdered Palestinians in Gaza that were declared enemy combatants in the latest IDF propaganda that their occupiers aren’t actually committing ethnic cleansing when they “mowed the lawn” last week.”
To which transgender Espionage Act violator Chelsea Manning wrote, ““Mowing the lawn” is easily the worst and most telling phrase the IDF uses.”