“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon and a group of activists have declared that they are going on a hunger strike to demand President Joe Biden call for a permanent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
The actress was also part of a long list of stars who signed a letter to Biden, asking for a ceasefire and the allowance of humanitarian aid into Gaza after reports that utilities, including water and electricity, were caught off from the residents.
Cynthia Nixon Goes On A Hunger Strike
Nixon is taking an extreme route to ensure her demand for a ceasefire is met. The TV star and politicians from five states in America are part of an activist group that has banded together to take part in a hunger strike to pressure Biden into calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.
While addressing a crowd outside the White House, Nixon stated that her two children are Jewish and have grandparents who are survivors of the Holocaust.
She said, per Sky News, “I have been asked by my son to use any voice I have to affirm as loudly as possible that never again means never again for everyone. In seven weeks, Israel has killed more civilians on a tiny strip of land than was killed in 20 years of war in the entire country of Afghanistan.”
Nixon continued, “I am sick and tired of people explaining away by saying that civilian casualties are a routine toll of war. There is nothing routine about these figures. There is nothing routine about these deaths.”
The actress then implored President Biden to look at the children in Gaza as if they were his kids and show them compassion.
“I would like to make a personal plea to a president who has, himself, experienced such devastating personal loss, to connect with that empathy for which he is so well known and to look at the children of Gaza and imagine that they were his children,” Nixon stated.
Others Joining Cynthia Nixon In The Hunger Strike
Besides Nixon, Delaware state representative Madinah Wilson-Anton and New York representative Zohran Mamdani joined in a hunger strike for a permanent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Virginia representative Sam Rasoul, Michigan representative Abraham Aiyash, and Oklahoma representative Mauree Turner are also part of the hunger strike.
According to Sky News, politicians Mamdani and Wilson-Anton will be on hunger strike for five days, but Nixon’s will end on Tuesday, after which she will head back to New York for work.
The start of the hunger strike coincides with the end of an agreed four-day truce between Israel and Hamas to allow for the release of Israeli Hostages and Palestinians held in prison.
During the ceasefire in Gaza, Hamas has returned 51 Israeli hostages, while Israel freed 117 out of 150 Palestinians. On Monday, the Truce was also reported to have been extended by two more days.
Cynthia Nixon Signed A Letter Asking Joe Biden To Call For A Ceasefire
Prior to her recent protest, Nixon and a huge number of Hollywood singers and actors wrote a letter to President Biden, demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.”
The letter read, “Dear President Biden, we come together as artists and advocates, but most importantly as human beings witnessing the devastating loss of lives and unfolding horrors in Israel and Palestine.”
“We ask that, as President of the United States, you and the US Congress call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost,” the letter to Biden continued. “More than 5,000 people have been killed in the last week and a half – a number any person of conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe all life is sacred, no matter faith or ethnicity and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”
Hollywood Stars Say ‘Humanitarian Aid Must Be Allowed To Reach Gaza’
In the impassioned letter to Biden, the celebrities requested that aid be allowed into Gaza, following the shocking news that Gazans were rid of essential utilities like water, electricity, and internet.
“Half of Gaza’s two million residents are children, and more than two thirds are refugees and their descendants being forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach them,” the letter noted.
It continued, “We believe that the United States can play a vital diplomatic role in ending the suffering and we are adding our voices to those from the US Congress, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, The International Committee of The Red Cross, and so many others. Saving lives is a moral imperative. To echo UNICEF, ‘Compassion — and international law — must prevail.'”
Concluding, the letter read, “We refuse to tell future generations the story of our silence, that we stood by and did nothing. As Emergency Relief Chief Martin Griffiths told UN News, ‘History is watching.'”
Other stars who signed the letter include Selena Gomez, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper Jennifer Lopez, Zayn Malik, Shailene Woodley, Lupita Nyong’o, Kirsten Dunst, and more.
See the complete list of stars here.