Global celebrities and influencers go vocal for Palestine

Farah Samir, Wednesday 18 Oct 2023

Several prominent figures from the entertainment industry have been using their influence to advocate for the Palestinian cause.

Young protestors hold  Free Palestine  signs as people demonstrate in support of Palestinians in San
Young protestors hold Free Palestine signs as people demonstrate in support of Palestinians in San Juan, Puerto Rico . AFP

 

Celebrities have been posting videos and messages on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to raise awareness about the situation in Gaza.

American actor John Cusack, highly active on Twitter, shared a personal account of his participation in the pro-Palestine march in Chicago.  

American model Gigi Hadid, with Palestinian heritage, consistently expresses her support for the Palestinian cause. She recently used Instagram to raise awareness, emphasizing the importance of distinguishing criticism of the Israeli government from antisemitism.

American singer-songwriter Kehlani, on her Instagram, asked "How are we allowing genocide to happen in real-time on social media? And why are we, as an international community that has vowed to never repeat history, choosing to remain silent out of fear?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Kehlani (@kehlani)

Additionally, Indian actress Sonam Kapoor showed her support for Palestine by sharing Instagram stories in solidarity with the cause. Ali Gatie, an Iraqi-Canadian singer, expressed his solidarity with Palestine by posting a picture on his Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Ali (@aligatie)

 

Both Avengers star Mark Ruffalo and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones, while holding a neutral stance, are actively advocating for Palestinian rights. Lena Headey stated, "We stand against the oppression faced by Palestinians."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Lena Headey (@iamlenaheadey)

 

Additionally, Ruffalo has been using Twitter to repost UNICEF's calls, advocating for safe access to life-saving services for children in Gaza.

Entrepreneurs Hadia Ghaleb, Huda Kattan, and Karen Wazen, known for their international following, actively use Instagram to advocate for Palestine. They consistently share updates and stories about the ongoing situation in Gaza.

Furthermore, musician Roger Waters made use of Instagram to deliver a six-minute video expressing his opinion on the crisis. He called for an "immediate and permanent ceasefire, urging an end to all forms of violence."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Roger Waters (@rogerwaters)

 

Many other celebrities have shown support for the Palestinian cause prior to this conflict, including Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and The Weeknd.

As a minority in the industry, these celebrities demonstrate courage by openly supporting Palestine, despite potential repercussions for their careers and the criticism they face from followers influenced by the Western narrative.

Their followers have responded with accusations of antisemitism and support for terrorism. Here are some examples of what followers have commented:

“Hiding behind being ‘anti-zionist’ is just a fake, pathetic attempt to hide your true hatred of the Jewish people, rot in hell Roger.”

“How can you stand with terrorists is beyond me; I used to love your music and thought you were smarter than that,” a fan said to Kehlani.

“Never have you pegged as an antisemite,” a follower said on John Cusack’s Instagram post.

On the other hand, many applaud these celebrities for their courage, recognizing their efforts to educate the public on the Palestinian cause.

Many Arab influencers and celebrities have also taken to social media to express solidarity with Palestine, including Mayan El-Sayed, Ghada Abdelrazek, Dorra Zarrouk, and Angham, among many others.

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