The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the longest and most violent in human history. The 73-year-old conflict has seen its fair share of worse days. The latest celebrity to receive criticism online on the topic is none other than Gal Gadot herself.
The Israel-born multi-millionaire superstar is known for her role as Wonder Woman in the movie by the same name. She was trending on Wednesday on Twitter when she posted a picture on Instagram. It said,
My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.
The actress has served in the Israel Defense Force for a time period of two years. Although she called for peace, the term Gal Gadot used for Palestine is why people are fuming over her Tweet. Gadot called the Palestinians “Neighbors,” a term that seemed inappropriate to Israeli’s after Hamas fired about 200 rockets a few days ago.
The writer and activist Aaron Vallely said,
Gal Gadot’s statement is far worse than that tone-deaf imagine video from last year. ‘Free and Safe’. The same state that is perpetrating military occupation, land theft and ethnic cleansing against the people of Palestine. #FreePalestine.” Singer-songwriter James Kennedy wrote, “Gal Gadot is wrong. Israel is not at ‘war’ with Palestine. Israel is butchering Palestine. Again.
While the Journalist Ben Norton wrote,
Israeli soldier turned Hollywood’s Wonder Woman multimillionaire Gal Gadot sends meaningless thoughts and prayers as the Israeli apartheid regime she supports ethnically cleanses Palestinians and bombs Gazans in an open-air prison camp.” While The New Inquiry editor in chief Ayesha A. Siddiqi retweeted a writer slamming Gadot’s comment that said, “this is an amazing victory for passive voice heads. gone are the days of officer involved shootings. now we have nation involved wars! imagine indeed…
While some people did not agree with her opinions, others stood up for Gal Gadot stating she has said which most people refrain from. Ted Cruz was one of them.
The violence began when Israel decided to evict numerous Palestinians and were evicted from their houses in East Jerusalem. Hamas responded with several strikes in the city. Israel has since then cracked down hard on Palestinian civilians, with dozens of them dead, including 16 children to date.