Arnold Schwarzenegger, the renowned Hollywood star and former governor of California, strongly condemned the recent attacks by Hamas on Israel during an emotional meeting with survivors and their families. Expressing his support for Israel, Schwarzenegger described the October 7 attacks as unprecedented in his experience.
According to reports from tmz.com, the actor met with family members of Israeli hostages still held by Hamas in Gaza, where he conveyed his solidarity by presenting them with bronze eagle statues. Following the meeting, Schwarzenegger emphasized his commitment to promoting peace, underscoring its potency compared to hatred and anger.
Among the survivors was 14-year-old Ella Shani, who shared a heartbreaking account of her father's death at the hands of Hamas on October 7 at Kibbutz Beeri. Ella also recounted the kidnapping of her 16-year-old cousin, Amit Shani, who was taken by Hamas after the assailants set his home on fire and broke down the door while he sought refuge in a safe room.
During Ella's approximately 30-minute narrative, Schwarzenegger, visibly moved, offered comfort, and they shared a poignant hug at the conclusion. Additionally, he showcased some of his movie memorabilia, including a robot head from 'Terminator.'
The meeting was organized by the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem, with which Schwarzenegger has maintained a longstanding partnership, highlighting his dedication to addressing such humanitarian issues.
(With Agency Inputs)