Celebrities Continue To Speak Out Against Middle East Conflict

Celebrities Continue To Speak Out Against Middle East Conflict
(Undated) -- More celebrities are joining the call for peace in the Middle East at the risk of being labeled anti-Semitic in condemning Israel's role in the conflict. Out promoting his new film "A Master Builder," "Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme told "HuffPost Live" he has great concern for the innocent children being killed and Palestinians suffering the horrors of invasion while living in Gaza. And while Demme says he's aware that his views might trigger backlash like it did recently for NBA star Dwight Howard and pop singer Rihanna who retweeted "#FreePalestine" tweets, the director says he's not worried about negative reaction, knowing that he's not anti-Semitic and that he would condemn any country using brute force. Demme says he believes passionately that Palestine deserves statehood and that there is a two-state solution.

Pop star Selena Gomez also caught heat over the weekend for chiming in on the conflict when she asked her fans to "Pray For Gaza" in an Instagram post. Gomez was bombarded with criticism about her choosing sides. She responded saying she is "praying for peace and humanity for all." Rockers Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana have also spoken out against the violence.