At Molières 2024, Sophia Aram denounces the “silence” of the world of culture on the Hamas attacks

At Molières 2024, Sophia Aram denounces the “silence” of the world of culture on the Hamas attacks
At Molières 2024, Sophia Aram denounces the “silence” of the world of culture on the Hamas attacks
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France 2 Screenshot Sophia Aram at the 35th Nuit des Molières on May 6, 2024.

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Sophia Aram at the 35th Nuit des Molières on May 6, 2024.

CULTURE – Once again, a cultural ceremony was an opportunity to send a political message. During the 35th Nuit des Molières this Monday, May 6, comedian Sophia Aram denounced the ” silence ” from the world of culture to support Israelis since the Hamas attacks of October 7.

The actress arrived on stage to present the Molière of comedy. “I would really like to make this moment a light, inclusive and caring moment, all of us”she said as she began her speech. “A moment of tenderness between private theater and public theater, or a moment of reconciliation between Rachida Dati and “Kebab”, Gabriel Attal’s dog. But as I am careful, I will settle for a service message”continues Sophia Aram.

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“We who share the freedom to raise a cry on all the stages of France or to scream our indignation over everything and anything in the stands, most of which are co-signed by Annie Ernaux, I think we must do too pay attention to our silences »warns the comedian.

Show solidarity with the Gazans, what about the Israelis?

“Because you see, in the hubbub of our easy indignations, even the relative silence after October 7 in which 1,200 Israelis were massacred, is deafening”she believes, in reference to the Hamas attacks against the Jewish state last fall.

If cultural figures have spoken out on several occasions, notably during the Caesars, to defend the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip who have been suffering from Israeli repression for seven months, there are far fewer of them expressing their support for Israel.

This is what Sophia Aram regrets: “If it is obvious that we all share the calls for a ceasefire, how can we be in solidarity with the thousands of civilian deaths in Gaza without also being in solidarity with the Israeli victims? How can we demand a ceasefire from Israel without demanding the release of Israeli hostages? How can we demand the departure of Netanyahu without demanding that of Hamas? »

“Break this silence”

His remarks were greeted by loud applause from the audience gathered at the Folies Bergères. But it doesn’t stop there. “This silence which accompanies the victims of October 7 and the hostages continues to divide us and hurt all those, Jewish or not, who are committed to human rights”she continues.

“It is up to all of us to break this silence and the solitude of some of those who listen to us, in the theater or elsewhere”, she emphasizes. Before concluding : “I could have found something lighter but I assure you, nothing more sincere. Now that I’ve relaxed you, it’s time to laugh. »

The end of his speech again elicited warm applause and whistles of approval from the guests, as well as the mistress of ceremonies Caroline Vigneau. Faced with this enthusiasm, Sophia Aram whispered ” THANKS “.

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