After the brutal Israeli forces attacked the Palestinians last week, many international celebrities expressed their concern and support for the Palestinians.
The violence began on Friday night, when Israeli police attacked believers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. It only escalated and killed at least 30 Palestinians, including 10 children.
Israeli settlers attempted to forcibly expel Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah’s residence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood, and tensions have recently subsided.
Among the first to speak out against the violence, was American-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid.
Sharing an illustration on Instagram showing a common misperception about the roots of the Palestinian struggle, she said: “This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonisation, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!”
“I stand with my Palestinian brothers and sisters, I will protect and support you as best as I can. I LOVE YOU,” she said.
Hadid said that she also wanted to tell opponents that Palestine was “not real” and that it was “very real.”
“Palestinian people are here to stay and coexist. As they always have,” she wrote.
Her sister Gigi Hadid also expressed her frustration at how Palestinian rights defenders do not value other issues as much as they do.
“One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT and women’s rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression. It does not add up,” she said.
“You cannot pick and choose whose human rights matter more,” Hadid stressed.
Singer Dua Lipa used #SaveSheikhJarrah to post Instagram stories and artwork by designer duo Mothanna Hussein and Hadi Alaeddin.
Today she shared a screen shot of US Senator Bernie Sanders calling for the US government to “speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward”.
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey also used the words “Save Sheikh Jarrah” to support the Palestinians.
Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also tweeted in support of Palestinians, saying that 1,500 face expulsion in Jerusalem.
“[Two hundred] 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,” he wrote.
Musician Roger Waters shared a captioned video message: “This is the official state of apartheid in Israel.
In the message he can be heard saying the move to force people out of their homes by settlers seeking to take over them is “unconscionable”.
“It makes me so angry,” he says.