Celebrities are using their platforms to show support for Israel and denounce Hamas’s catastrophic terrorist attack on innocent Israeli civilians that left at least 1,000 people dead — including at least 11 Americans.
On Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas stormed a music festival with gunfire, launched rockets into Israel, broke into civilians’ homes and killed, kidnapped, tortured and raped innocent Israeli men, women, children, elderly and Holocaust survivors.
The brutal attack marked the single deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.
From Hollywood stars to influencers, here are the vocal celebrities standing up for Israel.
Gal Gadot, who was born in Israel, took to Instagram to mourn the loss of her people and shed light on the atrocities of Hamas.
“I stand with Israel you should too,” the “Wonder Woman” actress wrote in a post. “The world cannot sit on the fence when these horrific acts of terror are happening!”
In another post, she shared a news report about hundreds of women, children and elderly being taken hostage, writing, “My heart is aching. Praying for all of those in pain.”
Gadot is asking for donations to be made to JAFNA’s Fund for Victims of Terror.
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The Israeli actress has also pointed out the harmful propaganda circling online.
“The goal of propaganda is to dehumanize. It works to dehumanize Israelis and it works to dehumanize Gazans,” she wrote via her Instagram Story. “I like to think most of us are above propaganda.
“But this weekend reminded me how widespread it is. Because a lot of people reacted to this violence with justification, not empathy,” she continued. “I guess it’s not surprising, but it’s still heartbreaking.”
Natalie Portman shared that her heart is “shattered” for the people of Israel.
“Children, women and the elderly have been murdered and abducted from their own homes,” the “Black Swan” actress, who was born in Israel, wrote in a statement on Instagram.
“I am in horror at these barbaric acts and my heart is pounding with love and prayer for the families of all affected.”
Amy Schumer attended a pro-Israel rally in New York City to show her support.
She also used social media to share facts, news updates, videos and messages about the attack.
“As we all know, this is the deadliest event that has happened to the Jewish people since the holocaust,” she wrote in a statement via her Instagram Story. “To my non-Jewish friends, call your Jewish friends.”
“Chances are, they are the direct descendants of holocaust survivors. They are scared, they are hurting and they are terrified by your silence,” the comedian concluded.
The “I Feel Pretty” actress also joined an Instagram Live discussion with Noa Tishby, a commentator who combats antisemitism.
Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Seinfeld, shared their love for the State of Israel on social media.
“I lived and worked on a Kibbutz in Israel when I was 16 and I have loved our Jewish homeland ever since,” the “Seinfeld” alum wrote in an Instagram post along with an “I stand with Israel” infographic.
“My heart is breaking from these attacks and atrocities. But we are also a very strong people in our hearts and minds,” he added. “We believe in justice, freedom and equality. We survive and flourish no matter what. I will always stand with Israel and the Jewish people.
Jessica also shared a similar sentiment while sharing “heinous” quotes from Hamas leaders pledging to wipe out the Jewish people.
“It is important to be clear about messaging, as it is in the following slides,” she wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Innocent Palestinians who live in Gaza who are not Hamas, deserve to be free.”
“Hews who life in and outside of Israel are not the Israeli government,” she added. “They deserve to live without fear for being Jewish (or massacred for the same reason.)”
Debra Messing shared several messages of support for Israel online. She also posted videos documenting the horrors of Hamas’s attack.
“Hamas is an internationally recognized terrorist group, backed by Iran, whose doctrine-stated-mission is to kill every Jew in the world. To annihilate every Jew in Israel and dismantle the democracy,” one of her Instagram posts stated.
“This is not a two sided conflict. This is a coordinated terrorist attack. The only thing that should be in your mind and heart today is compassion and prayers for Israel.”
Like Schumer, the “Will & Grace” alum also appeared in an Instagram Live discussion with Tishby to help educate those struggling to understand the conflict.
Kylie Jenner shared a message of support for Israel — though she deleted her post an hour later.
The “Kardashians” star initially re-posted a message from the pro-Israel account @StandWithUs via her Instagram Story that read, “Now and always we stand with the people of Israel!” over a photo of the Israeli flag.
The post was captioned, “SHARE if you stand with the people of Israel as they face one of the most frightening situations in many years.”
Jenner deleted the message shortly after receiving a barrage of free Palestine messages in the comments section of her Instagram.
Kris Jenner shared that she supported Israel in the nation’s war against Hamas.
She re-posted via her Instagram Story the same @StandWithUs post that Kylie initially shared, though the momager did not delete her post despite the backlash she received.
Claudia Oshry and Ben Soffer
Claudia Oshry and her husband, Ben Soffer, have both advocated for Israel after the slaughter.
The GirlWithNoJob founder captioned a “Today I stand with Israel” post on Instagram, “Today. Tomorrow. Forever. #ProudZionist 🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱.”
The BoyWithNoJob influencer also shared how “heartbroken” he was over the attack.
“I stand with Israel today and always against any and all threats of its right to exist,” Soffer wrote in a statement. “This world is filled with misinformation and I think it’s important to spread awareness of the facts before the antisemites and anti-Zionists get control of the narrative.”
Oshry and Soffer claimed they lost thousands of followers as they continued to share horror stories from Hamas’s attack.
“It’s unreal to think of how many followers I had that hate Israel and support terror,” Soffer wrote via his Instagram Story. “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
The couple raised more than $218,000 for Magen David Admon, an organization that provides medical services to people in Israel. They also began raising funds for Friends of the IDF (FIDF).
Oshry and her sister, Jackie Oshry, also discussed the attack and voiced their support for Israel’s right to defend itself on their podcast, “The Toast.”
Danielle Bernstein shared that she was “sick to [her] stomach” over the attack on Israel.
“How can so many be so silent? What are you scared of?” the WeWoreWhat founder asked on Instagram. “Scared to defend basic human rights as innocent people are murdered by terrorists? This isn’t about Muslim vs Jews or Israel vs Palestine.”
Bernstein also slammed Hamas for being a terrorist organization.
“They do not believe in a Palestinian state, they do not believe you can be gay, Jewish, black, American, an independent woman, or have human rights of ANY kind,” she wrote via her Instagram Story.
The fashion influencer stressed that nothing justifies Hamas’s barbaric actions.
“If you are not outraged, speaking out, heartbroken, deeply disturbed by what’s happening right now, then you do not care about the brutal massacre of innocent people,” Bernstein wrote.
Sarah Silverman posted several messages supporting Israel and denouncing the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for blaming Israel for of Hamas’s horrifying slaughter on innocent Israeli civilians.
“The DSA of which I was a proud lifetime member, has lost me forever,” she wrote on Instagram along with a screenshot of the organization’s statement. “They posted this 11 hours ago. This is what they felt they needed to post ELEVEN motherf–king HOURS ago.”
Silverman said that she identifies as a democratic socialist, like Bernie Sanders, whom she noted has “nothing to do with this f–ked up, arrogant, ignorant, piece of s–t group.”
The “School of Rock” alum also posted several videos and photos of the carnage against Israel to spread awareness. She reposted a statement from Schumer about being opposed to the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians, while also calling for “the protection of Jews in Israel and around the world.”
Sara Foster slammed the hundreds of people justifying Hamas’s terrorist attack on Israel and the many celebrities staying silent amid the horror.
“If I see one more ‘context is important’ post I’m actually going to throw up,” Foster wrote on Instagram. “‘Context’ is irrelevant when we are speaking about infants and toddlers who are being tortured to death…Being raped and murdered. Being spit on and tortured.”
Foster clarified that she is not Jewish but that she is a “human being,” adding that her “heart hurts” for all the children who are suffering and who have been killed.
“When I think about all the children who died, who are waiting to die and who will die, I can’t breathe,” she wrote in another statement. “I condemn the killing of ALL children. I’m sending endless prayers to the Israeli and Palestinian children who are the ultimate casualties of war. And who always have been.”
Madonna called the events in Israel “devastating.”
“Watching all of these families and especially children being herded, assaulted and murdered in the streets is Heartbreaking,” she wrote on Instagram. “Imagine if this was happening to you?? It’s Unfathomable.”
Madonna said that violence cannot solve conflicts and that we “live in a World Ravaged by Hate.”
The pop superstar expressed that Hamas is responsible for the attack and there are “many innocent people in Palestine” who do not support the terrorist organization.
“This Tragic attack will only cause more suffering for everyone,” she added. “Let us all Pray. For Israel. 🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱For Peace. ♥️ For The World.”
“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill backed Israel after Hamas’s attack.
“America stands with Israel ✊ #ALWAYS” he captioned a photo on Instagram of an Israeli flag next to an American flag.
Amar’e Stoudemire posted a video on Instagram blasting politicians, Black Lives Matter supporters and others for not condemning Hamas.
He said in part, “For all y’all Black Lives Matter (supporters) who ain’t saying nothing, ‘Well let me figure out exactly what’s happening before I say anything,’ — f–k you.”
The former New York Knicks player continued, “Figure out what? It ain’t never been cool to kidnap kids and put them in cages. Ain’t never been cool to kill women and elderly. Never been, no matter where you from, what you represent, what tribe you from, it don’t matter.
Stoudemire, who converted to Judaism in 2020 and played basketball for an Israeli team, also blasted the politicians who don’t agree.
“All you politicians who have something to say on the contrary – I see you. F–k you,” he said. “On my mama, we don’t respect none of y’all for that. Peace.”
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Isla Fisher condemned Hamas for the murders and kidnappings of hundreds of Israelis.
“There is no excuse for the deliberate killing and kidnapping of innocent civilians anytime anywhere ever,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of an Israeli woman and her two young daughters, who were taken as hostages by Hamas.
Her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, also shared a photo of the missing family on his own Instagram.
Florence Pugh expressed her dedication to Israel by sharing supportive messages on her Instagram.
She re-posted a viral infographic via her Instagram Story that stated, “It is absolutely reasonable and logical to be opposed to the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY calling for the protection of Jews in Israel and around the world.”
“Hamas is a terrorist organization that is attacking civilians by land, air, and sea. The images of kidnapped Israelis are shocking and devastating. Given the thousands of years of persecution of Jews, please know that your Jewish friends — even if they are not in Israel — are hurting and fearful when things like this happen and non-Jews are silent.”
Lena Heady shared the same statement as Pugh on her social media page.
“Words I couldn’t find amongst the worlds inhumanity,” the “Game of Thrones” alum captioned the post.
Ron Perlam shared a statement that he “stand[s] with Israel.”
He wrote on Instagram alongside a graphic of the Star of David, “Unspeakable savagery, unprocessable sadness.”
Israeli model Bar Refaeli spoke about Israel’s pain and grief in an interview.
“My country has been attacked by terrorists who intentionally and indiscriminately murdered hundreds of citizens and kidnapped dozens, including women and children,” she told a German newspaper.
“As the mother of three young children I can’t imagine how the parents who do not know if their missing child is either dead or in the hands of a terrorist organization must be feeling at this moment.”
She added that her heart is “broken” as she hears more horror stories on the news about the dead and wounded.
Refaeli also posted several videos via social media, weighing in on the traumatic experience and sharing stories of survival.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis posted several messages showing her support for Israel.
The “Halloween” actress shared on Instagram a photo of two children facing away from the camera with the caption, “In war ALL CHILDREN should be protected.
“@my_hand_in_yours we are dedicated to the care and treatment of critically ill or injured children @childrensla who will treat ANY child regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Pray for peace.”
Liev Schreiber took to his Instagram Story to stand up for suffering Israelis.
He shared a photo of an Israeli flag posted by StandWithUS with the message, “Now and always, we stand with the people of Israel!”
In his own words, the “Ray Donovan” star added, “We stand with the people of Israel and the IDF in their fight against Hamas and other terrorist groups. We hope this war ends as soon as possible, for the sake of peace.”
Ashley Tisdale shared the same graphic as Schreiber to show her support for Israel, and she took to her Instagram Story to slam her critics.
“Any aggressive hate in any direction is wrong,” the “High School Musical” actress reportedly said.
“Showing support for Israel does not make a person anti Palestine and showing support for Palestine does not make someone antisemitic.”
U2 frontman Bono honored the memory of all the Israelis who were killed by Hamas during a concert in Las Vegas.
The singer told the crowd, “In the light of what’s happened in Israel and Gaza, a song about nonviolence seems somewhat ridiculous, even laughable. But our prayers have always been for peace and for nonviolence.”
He continued, “But our hearts and our anger, you know where that’s pointed. So sing with us… and those beautiful kids at that music festival.”
The band then started performing their 1984 hit “Pride (In the Name of Love)” but Bono replaced the first few lyrics by singing, “Early morning, Oct. 7, the sun is rising in the desert sky. Stars of David, they took your life but they could not take your pride.”
Reese Witherspoon vocalized her support for Israel as the country continued to defend itself against Hamas terrorists.
“As a mother, I’m having a hard time finding words to express my despair and outrage at the brutal murder and kidnapping of Jewish people in Israel over the past few days,” she wrote in an Instagram statement.
“The ongoing conflict and loss of innocent lives in Israel and Palestine is more than the human spirit can bear.
The “Morning Show” actress said that the world is witnessing the “darkest parts of humanity.
“As this conflict escalates, I’m praying for the families that are dealing with this unspeakable horror every day,” she wrote. “I pray for peace and the end of this darkness. I pray the better parts of our humanity will prevail.”
She concluded by sharing that she will share trusted resources for “relief and aid” as she gathers more information.
“Please God help us find out way.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared that he was “sickened” but Hamas’ savage killings of innocent Israeli citizens.
“I’m heartbroken, angry, and sickened by the brutal Murders and kidnapping of Jewish people through the horrific acts of the Hamas terrorist group,” The Rock wrote in a statement on Instagram.
“The growing loss of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives is heart wrenching as this war escalates to immense proportions.”
The “Moana” star admitted that he was not an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but condemned Hammas’ acts of terrorism.
“What I do know is hateful acts of terrorism like these are never justified,” he said. “I condemn and denounce terrorism, and in this devastating moment, my heart does out to all the innocent victims and families grieving for their lost loved ones.”
“I pray for compassion and resolve. I pray for all innocent lives.”
Leah McSweeney believes Israel has a right to defend itself.
“If you aren’t going to condemn the thousands of rockets (each rocket with intention to murder), the dozens of kidnappings of children and elderly and the murder of Israeli civilians— then respectfully STFU when Israel responds, and rightfully so, to the terrorist organization Hamas,” she wrote on Instagram along with a photo of an Israeli Flag.
While the “Real Housewives of New York City” alum originally turned the comments section off on her post, she “Turned the comments back on.”
“If your reaction to terror is to justify it, I would rather know exactly who you are…” she added.
She also attended a pro-Israel rally, writing in an Instagram story, “Peaceful and united and not celebrating dead children.”
Karlie Kloss called Hamas’ attack on Israel “unspeakable.”
“The unspeakable loss of life and violence caused by Hamas terrorists in Israel is impossible to comprehend,” she wrote in a statement.
The model shared that she and her husband Josh Kushner have contributed to United Hatzalah, which “supports Jewish, Christian and Muslim emergency medical volunteers on the frontline who are in need of support, supplies and reinforcements.”
“I pray for safety and peace for all,” she wrote.
Noah Schnapp said that as a Jewish-American, he is “afraid.”
“Afraid for my brothers and sisters in Israel, who have been senselessly attacked by Hamas,” he wrote in an Instagram statement.
“I am truly heartbroken to see the brutal murders of innocent children, women and soldiers fighting to defend themselves.”
The “Stranger Things” star said that he wants peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.
“Let’s stop the rhetoric and choosing sides,” he begged. “Instead we must recognize that we are all on the side of the fight against terrorism. Choose humanity over violence.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are supporting Israel’s frontlines after Hamas’ attack.
“At The Archewell Foundation, with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, we stand against all acts of terrorism and brutality,” the couple announced in a statement on their Archewell Foundation website.
“We are supporting our partners and organizations on the frontlines in Israel to provide the urgent aid needed, and to help all innocent victims of this unconscionable level of human suffering,” they added.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex titled the announcement, “With Heavy Hearts.”