'Burning children alive can never be justified': British-Albanian Singer Dua Lipa condemns 'Israeli genocide' in Gaza

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 May 2024

British-Albanian pop singer Dua Lipa has denounced Israel's war on Gaza as a "genocide", after a new pro-Palestinian protest took place in London that saw dozens of people arrested.

Dua Lipa
The pop sensation of Kosovan heritage has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian rights. AFP


"Burning children alive can never be justified. The whole world is mobilising to stop the Israeli genocide", the singer wrote on an Instagram story late Tuesday with the hashtag "#AllEyesOnRafah", which has been trending on social media.

On Sunday, Israel's bloodiest war on Gaza provoked renewed international condemnations after an Israeli airstrike on a crowded refugee camp incinerated 45 Palestinians, many of them women and children.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed at least 36,171 and wounded more than 80,000 in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Dua Lipa, 28, has some 88.2 million followers on Instagram.

Meanwhile, American actor Pedro Pascal and model Bella Hadid also posted graphics with "All eyes on Rafah" on Instagram. Hadid has been vocal about her support for Palestinian rights, and has also described Israel's war as a "genocide".

More recently, Bella Hadid walked around the Cannes Film Festival wearing a red and white dress modelled on a Palestinian Keffiyeh.

She wrote on Instagram, "Free Palestine forever."

In 2021, before the escalation of Israel's war on Gaza last October, Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and her sister Gigi Hadid were described as anti-Semitic in an advertisement published in The New York Times by a Jewish group called the World Values Network.

Dua Lipa had hit back at the advert, rejecting the "false and appalling allegations".

While the pop sensation of Kosovan heritage has criticised Israel's war on Gaza and been a vocal supporter of Palestinian rights, this is her strongest criticism yet of Israel's actions.

In January, Lipa called for a "humanitarian ceasefire" during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. She had previously signed an open letter to US President Joe Biden calling for "an end to the bombing of Gaza and the safe release of hostages".

Forty people were arrested on Tuesday night in London following a pro-Palestinian demonstration of up to 10,000 people, UK police said.

Rock star Paul Weller, the rapper Stormzy and actor Tilda Swinton are among British celebrities who have previously called for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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