Mark Ruffalo is an American actor who spends his free time spewing antisemitic rhetoric and dangerous anti-Israel propaganda to his nearly 30 million social media followers. Ruffalo regularly aligns himself with antisemitic positions and fans the flames of Jew-hatred masked as pro-Palestinian activism.
In 2018, Ruffalo tweeted his outrage over CNN’s firing of antisemite Marc Lamont Hill. Hill was caught inciting violence against Israel and the Jewish people by reciting rhetoric that called for the dissolution of the Jewish people and the only Jewish nation. Ruffalo stated Hill was advocating for Palestinian rights, when in reality Hill openly called for the elimination of Israel, encouraged Palestinians in their “resistance,” and was later linked to notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan.
In 2019, Ruffalo signed a letter of support for the UK’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Despite Corbyn being a staunch antisemite, Ruffalo described him as a “beacon of hope against racism.” The Labour Party, particularly under Corbyn, was discovered to harbor deeply anti-Jewish bias, which led to Corbyn’s dismissal.
In 2020, Ruffalo grew agitated and whined about being labeled antisemitic for falsely accusing the State of Israel of being an apartheid nation during his time on the Mehdi Hasan Show. Mehdi Hasan, another notorious antisemite, is an avid Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) supporter who within one week of launching his show on MSNBC invited guests to spew antisemitic & anti-Israel propaganda.
In 2021, Ruffalo boasted he was “proud” to add his name to support the ending of genocide at the hands of Israel. Unfortunately, the organizations he aligned himself with to “protect Palestinians” called for the destruction of Israel and America. Instead of supporting human rights groups, Ruffalo was openly supporting terrorist organizations whose mission is to destroy the world’s only Jewish nation.
Mark Ruffalo’s outrageous comparison of Israel to genocide and apartheid was met with harsh criticism around the world, leading Ruffalo to issue an apology. In a tweet, Ruffalo says he regrets using the term “genocide.” He said his description was inaccurate, inflammatory, and disrespectful and does not justify antisemitism.
Ruffalo’s apology was unfortunately short-lived; just five days after expressing his regret for inciting antisemitism, Ruffalo resumed his dangerous anti-Israel rhetoric on Twitter.
In 2022, Mark Ruffalo tweeted his outrage over PayPal’s decision to pull business from Gaza due to ongoing transactions that were tied directly to funding terror operations by Hamas and calling for the slaughtering of Jews. Ruffalo, not bothered by that mission, asked his followers to sign a petition to overturn PayPal’s decision. Thankfully, PayPal refused to cave to Ruffalo’s outrageous demands.
Later in 2022, Ruffalo tweeted against the United Nations adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. He echoed the false claim that defining antisemitism was instrumentalized to “discourage free speech.” Despite Ruffalo’s call to dismiss the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism, the definition has been endorsed/adopted by 40 countries, 300+ non-federal governments, thousands of Jewish academics, hundreds of universities, the European Union’s Coordinator for Combating Antisemitism, as well as the former UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion.
On February 15, 2023, Ruffalo tweeted one of his most outlandish and defamatory tweets to date, stating: “between their spyware, election tampering, disinformation campaigns, state-sanctioned killing of journalists, apartheid, & their new ultra-right wing nationalist party, there are power centers in Israel that are antidemocratic & dangerous to world peace.” This antisemitic ideology that Jews control the media, Hollywood, banks, and world peace are tropes which have been used to persecute the Jewish people throughout the course of history.
At a time when antisemitism is running rampant online, Mark Ruffalo continues to incite and contribute to a drastic increase in violent incidents toward American Jews. Violence begins with words and Mark Ruffalo is complicit in the ongoing rise of antisemitic violence against the American Jewish community.
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