Noah Schnapp shared an emotional statement on his Instagram, where he addressed social media followers for celebrating Hamas’ attacks against Israel in their comments. On Saturday, October 7, Hamas initiated a surprise attack on Israel, involving the firing of numerous rockets, infiltrating Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip with fighters, and the kidnapping of Israeli civilians and soldiers.
“As a Jewish American, I am afraid,” Schnapp wrote on Instagram. “Afraid for my brothers and sisters in Israel, who have been senselessly attacked by Hamas. I am truly heartbroken to see the brutal murders of innocent children, women and soldiers fighting to defend themselves. I, like others, want peace for both Palestinians and Israelis. Let’s stop the rhetoric and choose sides. Instead we must recognize that we are all on the side of the fight against terrorism. Choose humanity over violence.”
Noah Schnapp, along with numerous other celebrities like Natalie Portman and Dwayne Johnson, has spoken out against the violence in Israel. What sets him apart is his direct call-out of his social media followers for their pro-violence comments.
“I just reposted a beautiful picture of a young innocent girl whose life was taken by Hamas at a music festival,” Schanpp wrote. “I was met with comments reading ‘no one cares free Palestine’ and ‘She deserves that, and every Israeli terrorist deserves that – Free Palestine.’ I am outraged by the justification and celebration of the death of a young girl’s life. Have people lost their minds??? STOP!”
“This is one example of many posts, rallies, and petitions being signed attempting to justify the brutality against these innocent Israeli people,” he continued. “You don’t have to be Jewish, you don’t have to be Israeli, you just have to have empathy and common sense to know that THIS is wrong.”
Schnapp pointed out the noticeable “silence in social media,” highlighting that individuals who frequently used their platforms to address topics like Ukraine or climate change have remained relatively quiet about Hamas’ attack on Israel.
“I hope we can agree that Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization: they don’t represent the Palestinian people when they value murdering Israelis more than protecting their own,” Schnapp wrote. “You either stand with Israel or you stand with terrorism. It shouldn’t be a difficult choice. Shame on you.”
“While you justify the murders and torture of our loved ones, we will hope and pray for safety, justice, liberation, and self determination in Palestine,” he addressed those who expressed pro-violence sentiments in the comments.
Schnapp is currently in a holding pattern as he awaits the filming of the fifth and ultimate season of his immensely popular Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” Although the show’s writers’ room has resumed its work post the WGA strike’s conclusion, the commencement of filming is contingent on the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Read Noah Schnapp’s complete statement in the Instagram post below.
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