This past Monday, the face of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from “The Avengers” franchise, actor Mark Ruffalo issued an apology for his statements about the Israeli government, stating that they were guilty of “genocide.”
Early Monday on Twitter, Ruffalo stated that he had finally come to his senses after some reflection and introspection and called for the end of “hyperbole.”
His tweet stated: “I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide.’ It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”
I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing “genocide”. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 25, 2021
The folks at NBC News remarked that it’s not easy to ascertain exactly which of the many comments Mark Ruffalo was actually apologizing for. Back on May 11th, Ruffalo did, in fact, call for sanctions against the Israeli government while echoing the call to “Free Palestine.”
“1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 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. #SheikhJarrah” he stated on Twitter.
1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 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. #SheikhJarrah https://t.co/f9R6LYljez
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 11, 2021
The apology was not received well by Ruffalo’s fans as they slung accusations at him of backing down from his extreme-left principles.
“They are committing genocide the definition is clear and it applies. Antisemites will always be so, but that does not mean we can’t speak the truth. No one is called anti-arab or Islamophobe for criticizing the Saudi genocidal war on Yemen there should be no double standard,” stated one fan.
“No, you were right the first time — see this heat so of the attacks on Gaza, and it’s such a shame that you’ve chosen to conflate criticism of the state of Israel’s atrocities with anti-Semitism. It isn’t and should never be used to justify racism. You are part of the problem,” stated yet another criticizing fan. “Well done on throwing Palestinians under the bus and for also framing the onslaught as Israel vs Hamas, when it’s been 73 years of this shit prior to the existence of a group revolting against Israeli blockade, occupation and apartheid.”
As reported by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), up to 17,000 posts were made on Twitter that referenced ADOLF HITLER in a positive light between May 7th to May 14th pior to the cease-fire agreement between Palestine and Israel. The ADL stated:
ADL has documented disturbing antisemitism on multiple platforms — from Facebook and Twitter to TikTok and Instagram – with messages including explicit praise for Hitler, promoting tropes about Jewish control and demonizing all Jews. Extreme antisemitic and anti-Zionist content can be found across a wide variety of channels calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, including posts that state: “GAS THE KIKES RACE WAR NOW.”
An analysis of Twitter in the days following the recent outbreak of violence showed more than 17,000 tweets which used variations of the phrase, “Hitler was right” between May 7 and May 14, 2021. ADL has also seen an increase in on-the-ground activity that demonizes Israel and that has crossed at times into antisemitism.