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Mark Ruffalo apologizes for tweet suggesting Israel committed ‘genocide’

Mark Ruffalo apologized this week for suggesting that Israel committed “genocide” during its 11-day conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza.

“I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide’,” the outspoken actor tweeted Monday.

“It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”

The woke actor did not specify which public statement he was apologizing for, but on May 11 he compared Israel to apartheid-era South Africa.

“1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed,” he tweeted at the time. 

Motorists and pedestrians move past a building destroyed by an air-strike prior to a cease-fire that halted the 11-day war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Motorists and pedestrians move past a building destroyed by an air-strike prior to a cease-fire that halted the 11-day war between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
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Palestinian volunteers and municipal workers clear the rubble of the Hanadi compound, recently destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City's Rimal district, on May 25, 2021.
Palestinian volunteers and municipal workers clear the rubble of the Hanadi compound, recently destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City’s Rimal district, on May 25, 2021.
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Palestinian workers salvage items from a damaged factory in Gaza's industrial area, on May 25, 2021.
Palestinian workers salvage items from a damaged factory in Gaza’s industrial area, on May 25, 2021.
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“Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah.” 

The mea culpa comes after Islamist Hamas militants and Israel reached a cease-fire after an 11-day conflict, when at least 230 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed.

Ruffalo isn’t the only celebrity to weigh in on the recent devastating Middle East hostilities.

Mark Ruffalo's apology he posted on Twitter.
Mark Ruffalo’s apology that he posted on Twitter.
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Supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, who are both Palestinian, have posted on social media in support of Palestinians as well.

“This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other,” Bella Hadid recently wrote.

“This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!”


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