It was an exceptional scene when world celebrities published strong tweets in support of the Palestinians in light of the occupation forces' bombing of the Gaza Strip, violations against worshipers in Jerusalem, and attempts of forced displacement in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
However, only a few days passed until actor Marc Ravalo apologized for previous posts on social media, in which he said that Israel is committing genocide in its war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and called for sanctions against Israel, due to the Israeli escalation in the Sheikh neighborhood. Wounds in Jerusalem and the bombing of the Gaza Strip, which caused civilian casualties, including children and women.
Rafalo has already managed to gather more than one million 700 thousand participants in a petition calling for international sanctions against Israel.
But Ravalo, an Emmy-winning actor and an Academy Award nominee, tweeted last Monday that he “thought and wanted to apologize for posts during the recent fighting between (Israel and Hamas),” and said that “describing Israel as committing genocide was not accurate, inflammatory, disrespectful and used to justify hostility. The sublime is here and abroad, "according to his tweet.
I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel / Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing a “genocide”.
It's not accurate, it's inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad.
Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.
- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 25, 2021
While some Twitter users thanked Ravalo, who previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he grew up in an Italian Catholic family, for retracting his previous statements about Israel, others questioned whether he was "intimidated and silenced," and then published that apology.
Reality TV star Paris Hilton was a celebrity who supported Palestine on social media, calling for "stopping the genocide" and "saving Palestine."
Hilton, who has 17 million followers on Twitter, shared a video clip of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl collapsing in tears after the destruction of nearby homes in an attack by the Israeli army, and wrote on Twitter, "This hurts my heart."
A few hours after the video was published, Hilton backed down and deleted her posts on the matter, a move that was met with surprise by supporters of the Palestinian cause.
Both posts have been deleted and replaced with a tweet saying "Send love and light into the world. Pray for peace to make the world a better place for all."
Paris Hilton was told to delete her tweet and instead post some generic hogwash pic.twitter.com/Qy6qFbV0tH
- #SocialistSunday (@socialistsunday) May 16, 2021
Last week, Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One racing champion, posted on Instagram a chart comparing the number of deaths and injuries between Israelis and Palestinians over the past 13 years.
But Hamilton later stated that he had deliberately decided to stay away from publishing about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in order to educate himself first instead of sharing his "ignorant judgment" on the situation, as he described it.
Kendall Jenner posted and removed a post on Instagram, criticizing those who campaign for women, gay, bisexual, transgender and racial equality, yet "chose to ignore Palestinian oppression."
As for the actress, Aisha Curry, the wife of American basketball player Stephen Curry, she deleted her tweet in support of the Palestinians, and replaced it with the re-publication of a post that holds responsibility for killing civilians for what she described as terrorist organizations in Gaza.
Carey attached the post to a comment saying, "I'm not stupid, don't do it, I was misled by someone close to me, and I deleted the post as soon as I realized that, it is unfortunate that someone photographed it and recycled it. Now I understand the situation correctly."
I'm not a moron.
Don't do that.
I was misinformed by someone close to me which is why the post was removed as soon as I realized.
Its unfortunate someone screenshot it and is circulating.
I am now getting properly informed on the situation.
Hopefully you have grace.
- Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) May 15, 2021
Continuous pressure from the Jewish lobby
Jewish groups met with White House officials to discuss the wave of "anti-Semitism," as American Jewish organizations reported what they described as a "wave of anti-Semitic incidents" and hate crime attacks, including against synagogues in the suburbs of Chicago, Tucson, and Arizona.
Those groups also reported that Jews were subjected to physical assault and harassment in the streets of Los Angeles, New York and South Florida, prompting President Joe Biden, last Monday, to condemn those incidents, which he described as "abhorrent behavior."
Mosques also reported anti-Muslim vandalism this month, when a Brooklyn house of worship was sprayed with the phrase "Death to Palestine."
On the other hand, last weekend, English singer Dua Lipa tweeted in response to an organization that placed a full-page paid advertisement in The New York Times, in which the organization described Liba's public support for the Palestinians as anti-Semitic.
The advertisement included accusations of both Liba and the models of Palestinian origin Gigi and Bella Hadid for their support for Palestinian rights amid violence in the Middle East.
Paid Advertisement Against Dua Leba, Gigi and Bella Hadid after Supporting (European) Palestinian Rights
Rabbi Shmuli Potitch of the Global Values Network accused the trio of "ignorance" and spreading "disgusting slander".
While Liba indicated in her response to the advertisement that they had used her name "without shame" to "reinforce their ugly campaign, their lies and blatant distortions," adding, "I stand in solidarity with all the persecuted and reject all forms of racism."
"This is the price it pays for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government, whose actions in Palestine accuse both Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem of persecution and discrimination," said Lipa.
"I take this position because I believe that everyone - Jews, Muslims and Christians - has the right to live in peace as equal citizens in the country of their choice," she added.
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Gigi Hadid published a statement on May 11 declaring that people cannot defend other grievances while choosing to "ignore Palestinian oppression."
Her sister, Bella, has been more outspoken, as she shares this post with other posts on Palestinian rights.
She also participated in a pro-Palestinian protest in New York City, and posted photos and videos of the event years ago.
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Bella also re-posted a tweet from Bernie Sanders condemning both "anti-Semitic attacks and the disturbing rise in Islamophobia."
Hours ago, Bella posted on her official Instagram account a song of a Palestinian child next to the rubble in Gaza, and commented on the song saying, "Your words are heard, and you speak a lot of courage and talent. We love you, watch until the end, please."
"Last week was very difficult for my country, in Gaza. I just want the world to know the situation in Palestine," she added.
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