How anti-Israel celebrities became spokespersons for terror and posters for anti-Semism
Since the start of the last war in Gaza almost two weeks ago, the hashtag #FreePalestine has become the new #BlackLivesMatter.
Thousands, if not millions of users on Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok were sharing footage of the fighting in the Hamas-controlled enclave, accompanied by zero context and of course no mention of terrorism or rocket barrages. unprecedented on Israeli civilians.
The crowd mentality thrives on social media, but we all knew it. What we didn’t know was that hundreds of celebrities and influencers with millions of followers would jump on the disinformation train in the so-called fight for justice.
Celebrities across the world with no knowledge of the ins and outs of the complicated geopolitical situation and influencers whose main claim to fame is to model underwear have all jumped at the chance to signal virtue.
Among the main culprits are models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who headline campaigns for Dior, Maybeline, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs, among others. If you’re not that familiar with the world of Gen Z, the two are the daughters of Palestinian-American real estate multimillionaire Mohamed Hadid.
Oh, and they also have 42 million and 66 million Instagram followers, respectively. They haven’t done anything of value except being born to a rich father who taught them to hate Jews, sorry Zionists.
At the start of the violence in Gaza, Bella Hadid posted a host of posts on her Instagram account, full of slogans such as “Free Palestine!” and “End the occupation!”
These messages were very light on the details of how one could “liberate Palestine” if it is led by a terrorist group bent on destroying “the Zionist entity”.
She even posted a video of herself at a Palestinian rally, shouting “from river to sea,” which is a widely understood call to annihilate the Jewish state.
One of his messages, however, was particularly disturbing. It was a multi-slide infographic, which called Israelis “colonizers” and “settlers” and was laden with awakened buzzwords such as “ethnic cleansing”, “genocide” and “apartheid”, all of which are easily debunked with a quick Google search.
But providing context and fact-checking is not for the wealthy influencers who make millions showing off their bodies, for which – ironically – they could be killed if they lived in Gaza or the West Bank.
This infographic has spread like wildfire. And more ignorant celebrities have followed suit.
British singer Dua Lipa, who is dating the Hadids’ brother Anwar, posted a host of stories condemning Israel for its 60 million plus followers on Instagram.
The singer has in the past accused the Israelis of being “false Jews” and claimed that Hamas was created by the Israeli government to justify “occupation, oppression, ethnic cleansing and murder.”
Canadian singer The Weeknd also accused Israelis of ethnic cleansing by sharing an anti-Israel message in his story. Again, very heavy on buzzwords, very light on details or context.
Actors Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo filled their Twitter feeds with out-of-context repostes from Al Jazeera and pro-Palestinian activists.
And when someone pointed out to the actor in the comments that Hamas uses children as human shields, Ruffalo replied that “other human beings” (in this case Hamas) would never do such a thing.
Even late-night talk show hosts Trevor Noah and John Oliver reacted with their uninformed takes, both suggesting that Israel shouldn’t fight back for the rocket attacks because they’re “not doing anything. “.
Oliver further claimed that the IDF destroying multi-story buildings in Gaza used by Hamas was a “war crime” (which it is not), ignoring the fact that firing thousands of rockets at the civilian population IS a real war crime. Instead, he called the endless waves of strikes against civilians “wrong” and moved on.
Noah, meanwhile, clearly harbors anti-Semitic sentiments, based on the multitude of tweets he deleted from his account years ago when he was appointed host of The Daily Show. In one of the tweets, from 2009, Noah “joked” that he almost hit a Jewish child with his “German car”. In another, he made a crass reference to Jewish women who were misogynistic and racist.
Why did they all decide to share their uneducated opinion with the world? Because they “couldn’t stay silent,” which is interesting because they have managed to remain silent on almost every other international conflict.
Children and innocent people are being killed every day in Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Sudan, Haiti and Colombia, to name a few. But their life is apparently less important because they don’t come with a trendy hashtag.
The countless bombardments of disinformation on Israel preceded outbursts of physical violence against Jewish communities around the world.
According to the Community Security Trust, which monitors the security of the Jewish community in the UK, between May 8 and May 18, the number of officially reported anti-Semitic incidents increased by 500%.
Did any of those celebrities and influencers who posted, shared and reposted misinformation about an issue that is having no effect on their lives take responsibility for contributing to these attacks? Of course not!
They returned to their comfortable lifestyles in Los Angeles, New York, London and elsewhere, far removed from the reality and the fallout from their actions.
You might dismiss these people as horsemen who revel in the herd mentality, but politics is heavily influenced by culture. And that should sound the alarm bells.
Meanwhile, high-profile Jewish speaking celebrities like actors Michael Rapaport and Debra Messing suffer an endless amount of abuse from the pro-Palestinian brigade.
Even Israeli movie star Gal Gadot, who posted the most innocuous message calling for peace for the two countries, has received a disproportionate amount of hateful comments, often also anti-Semitic and sexist.
The warriors for social justice seem to be ready to make any cause, except when a mob of anti-Semites chases Jews in the middle of Times Square.
“Never Again” is now, and history will judge them.