Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

Roger Waters (Images Distribution Agence Quebec Presse/Newscom)
Roger Waters (Images Distribution Agence Quebec Presse/Newscom)

During the current conflict in Gaza, a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others have gone further by actively supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Many of these celebrities endorse popular brands and products.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: Actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who are married, signed an open letter along with dozens of other Spanish film stars, denouncing Israel’s Operation Protective Edge as “genocide.” Cruz has endorsed products such as Lancôme, L’Oréal, Mango, Ralph Lauren, and Agent Provocateur. Bardem appeared in a campaign for Doctors Without Borders.

Roger Waters: The front man for Pink Floyd has long been an outspoken supporter of the BDS movement. He has refused to perform in Israel and has called on other musicians to cancel their concerts there, He has compared Israelis to Nazis. In the 1990s, Volkswagen sponsored the tours of several bands, including Pink Floyd, and issued a special edition Golf car named after the band.

Danny Glover: In 2009, the actor signed on to a declaration condemning Israel as an “apartheid regime” and dismissing the work of Tel Aviv filmmakers featured in the Toronto International Film Festival as “Israeli propaganda.” In 2010, Glover became a brand ambassador for the nutrition company Eiro.

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