1. CELEBRITY SILLINESS

    Penelope Cruz Backtracks on Israel

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    After coming under fire, along with actor-husband Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz backtracked about her signing on to a letter criticizing Israel on Wednesday. She said, "I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a ceasefire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace." Cruz had been attacked after signing on to a letter with director Pedro Almodovar that said Israel engaged in "state terrorism" and denounced the country for its incursion into Gaza. However, it appears the retraction only is from Cruz, not Bardem.

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