- Angelina Jolie’s father, actor Jon Voight, has criticized his daughter for her anti-Israel stance made in a series of postings to her 14m Instagram followers
- ‘I am very disappointed that my daughter, like so many, has no understanding of God’s honor, God’s truths,’ Voight said in a three minute long video
- Voigt responded to Jolie’s words after she attacked Israel accusing the country of turning Gaza into a ‘mass grave’
Jolie has strongly condemned the country’s response to the October 7th Hamas terror attacks, that killed 1,400 people, the majority of whom were mainly civilians.
But in a video posted online, Voight, 84, did not hold back in his criticism of his daughter Jolie stating: ‘I am very disappointed that my daughter, like so many, has no understanding of God’s honor, God’s truths,’ Voight began.
Jolie, formerly a special envoy of the UN High Commission for Refugees, accused Israel of ‘deliberately bombing children, women, families, deprived of food, medicine and humanitarian aid’ in violation of the international law.
In response, Voight said he was ‘disappointed’ that his daughter does not understand that Hamas’ objective ‘is to annihilate the land of the Jews.’
‘The Israeli army must protect this soil,’ he said.
‘This is about destroying the history of God’s land, the Holy Land, the land of the Jews, This is justice for God’s children of the holy land,’ Voight continued.
‘The Israeli army must protect thy soil, thy people. This is war. It’s not going to be what the left thinks, it can’t be civil now.
‘Israel was attacked by inhuman terror on innocent babies, mothers, fathers, grandparents,’ Voight noted. ‘You fools call Israel the problem, you should look at yourself and ask who am I? What am I? And ask God if am I learning the truth, or am I being lied to and following everyone else? The ones who understand truth see the lie.’
‘These animals want to wipe out Jews, Christians,’ he went on. ‘They see that the Palestinians have not been neglected of finance. They have been given huge infusions of money, that they didn’t share with the people. They made weapons instead, for their rage.
‘The people of Israel care for people. They love and cherish. Something these animals don’t understand. Justice will prevail.’
Voight called for Jolie to reassess her opinion on Israel’s role in the war: “Hamas and this deceit of their ruling is destroying their own people,’ he added.
He also hailed the ‘great heroism’ of Jewish people in the face of a series of tragedies throughout history, from the Holocaust to the recent ‘Hamas Holocaust.’
Voight’s comments have so far received more than 80,000 likes and come after Jolie made a series of posts on Instagram in which she condemned Israel for bombing Gaza.
Voight is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, and he won the Academy Award in 1978 for his Jane Fonda collaboration Coming Home, while he was also nominated three other times.
Voight, whose role in Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance catapulted him to Hollywood fame, is perhaps better known for his connection to right-wing politics in recent years.
After renouncing his liberal views of the 1960s and 1970s, he has since become a vocal supporter of the Republican Party.
Voight went on to cast doubt on President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, and had been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump.
Voight was estranged from Jolie for almost seven years in the early 2000s.
In her own set of postings she has claimed Israel’s actions were ‘causing desperate new humanitarian needs daily.
While addressing the war between Israel and Hamas, the Academy Award winner, 48, revealed ‘like millions around the world’ over the past few weeks, she has felt ‘sick and angry at the terrorist attack in Israel’ that caused ‘the death of so many innocent civilians.’
In her latest post, shared with her more than 14.6 Instagram followers, the mother-of-six reveals she has been spending her time ‘wondering how best to help.’
‘I too am praying for the immediate, safe return of every hostage, and for the families who carry the unimaginable pain of a murder of a loved one. Above all, the children murdered, and the many children now orphaned,’ the star wrote.
She continued: ‘What happened in Israel is an act of terror. But that cannot justify the innocent lives lost in bombing a civilian population in Gaza that has nowhere to go, no access to food or water, no possibility of evacuation, and not even the basic human right to cross a border or seek refuge,’ Jolie added.
‘Because of my work with refugees for 20 years, my focus is on the people displaced by violence in any context.’
In a follow-up posting depicting pictures of demolished buildings, Jolie compared Gaza to an ‘open-air prison.’
‘This is the deliberate bombing of a trapped population who have nowhere to flee,’ she said.
‘Whole families are being murdered. While the world watches and with the active support of many governments, millions of Palestinian civilians – children, women, and families – are being collectively punished and dehumanized, all while being deprived of food, medicine, and humanitarian aid against international law.’ Jolie said.
‘By refusing to demand a humanitarian ceasefire and blocking the UN Security Council from imposing one on both parties.
‘World leaders are complicit in these crimes,’ she suggested.
According to UNHCR’s website, she ‘carried out more than 60 field missions bearing witness to suffering and resilience and calling for urgent solutions to protect the rights and safety of displaced people.’
In December 2022, she ‘stepped down from her role as Special Envoy to engage on a broader set of humanitarian and human rights issues.’
‘Gaza has a population of over 2 million people (half of them children), who have lived under a severe blockade for nearly two decades, on top of decades of displacement and statelessness,’ Jolie pointed out in her posting.
‘The few aid trucks that are entering are a fraction of what is needed (and was delivered daily before the present conflict), and the bombings are causing desperate new humanitarian needs daily.’
Jolie went on to condemn ‘the denial of aid, fuel and water’ as it ‘collectively’ punishes all people, including innocent civilians and kids.
‘Humanity demands an immediate ceasefire. Palestinian and Israeli lives – and the lives of all people globally – matter equally,’ she concluded. ‘Anything that can prevent civilian casualties and save lives must be done. Like many others I have donated to medical relief efforts. I have chosen to support the work of Doctors Without Borders and have been closing following their reporting.’
Targeting his daughter is not the first time Voight has blasted Hollywood celebrities for attacks on Israel.
In 2014, Voight branded Spanish film stars Penélope Cruz, and Javier Bardem ‘ignorant’ after they condemned Israel for its military action in the Gaza Strip.
He claimed the pair are helping to fan ‘the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now’ after they called for Europe to condemn Israel’s then-bombing of the Palestinian territory.
The Spanish celebrities speaking out against Israel’s actions in Gaza called on the EU to ‘condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population’.
‘Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity, free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing,’ they said at the time.