The Israeli-American entertainment mogul asked senators to "do their homework," saying the letter was "scandalous, misinformed and hurtful"
Haim Saban, the American-American entertainment mogul, has attacked several Democratic senators who signed a letter on the initiative of US Jewish Senator Bernie Sanders who calls on the United States to "act urgently to help to relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip ".
Twelve Democratic senators and Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidential elections in 2016, signed the letter dated May 11 that was sent to Defense Secretary Mike Pompeo. She also said that the Trump administration should urge Israel to limit restrictions on Palestinians living in Gaza.
Saban sent e-mails to six senators, with a handful of staff members for others, expressing his "dismay" at their signing of the letter, announced Wednesday Intercept.
Sanders' letter was sent as thousands of Palestinians took part in clashes on the Israel-Gaza border. More than 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the two months of protests, many of them members of the Hamas terrorist group.
"Senators, the fact that you were listening to Senator Sanders and accusing Israel of being the main culprit is outrageous, misinformed and hurtful, and it shows a lack of understanding of the basic elements of the region," Saban wrote in his email. Do your homework, unless you have decided to blindly follow Senator Sanders' simplistic, ignorant, uninformed and poorly advised way. "
Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of supporters at a rally for the Democratic Unit at the Rail Event Center on April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (George Frey / Getty Images via JTA)
Israel has not been accused anywhere in Sanders' letter of being the "main culprit" of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, as Saban said. While spreading responsibility also with Hamas, Sanders wrote that "[Israel's] continuous control of airspace and sea, at the northern, southern and eastern borders, and restrictions on people's freedom of movement, the necessary goods and equipment that can enter and leave Gaza, have worsened the humanitarian situation in Gaza. "
Israel maintains that the blockade and restrictions are necessary to prevent Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza and aims to destroy the Jewish state, from obtaining weapons that could be used to carry out attacks against Israel.
The Democratic Senators, who signed the letter, were Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Tom Carper of Delaware, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, as well as Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
Saban, 73, has donated millions of dollars to the Democrats over the years, including $ 15 million for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign. He has also given to Israel-related causes, including the annual Saban Forum in Israel, which brings together US and Israeli political leaders to discuss issues related to the Jewish state, and the Israeli-American Council, which seeks to strengthen the Israeli and Jewish identity of Israelis living in the United States.