Internationally-recognized American-Palestinian models, Bella and Gigi Hadid are using their massive social media platforms to openly denounce the continuing violence taking place in the Middle East and further free-Palestine messaging. Bella shared a pro-Palestine infographic to her Instagram while expressing, “I stand with my Palestinian brothers and sisters, I will protect and support you as best as I can. I LOVE YOU.” She went on to assign Israel as the oppressor saying, “This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!”
Bella’s older sister Gigi shared a similar sentiment “You Will Not Erase Palestine” by means of Instagram Stories in response to the conflict. She reposted the work of activist and journalist Noor Tagouri that stated “billions of American tax payer dollars per year fund the Israeli government and those very dollars also result in bombing civilian home, killing children, leaving people starved, sick (during a pandemic,) homeless, and left with on going intergenerational trauma.”
The Hadid’s younger brother Anwar and his girlfriend, singer Dua Lipa, followed suit sharing posts to their Instagram stories in support of Palestinians with Lipa posting #SaveSheikhJarrah in support of illegal squatters in that neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Other non-Palestinian celebrity/social justice warriors weighed in on the tense situation. Musician The Weeknd did his part by sharing a “protect Jerusalem” message to his Instagram followers.
Actor Mark Ruffalo compared the situation to the South African apartheid tweeting in part with a link to an online petition (tweet also available below): "[I]t’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians."
1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people - it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah https://t.co/f9R6LYljez— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 11, 2021
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey reposted an image on Instagram that included the words "Zionist Israeli Apartheid" and quoted another account's inflammatory and inaccurate description of the situation: "This is part of Israel's larger plan of racist colonial expansion throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank, forcibly displacing Palestinian families from their land and homes and replacing them with illegal Israeli settlements."
Expect the Hollywood hate to continue to expose itself online as things progress.