A number of celebrities have taken to social media to voice their solidarity with the Palestinian families facing evictions in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah as violent clashes continue.
At least 53 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, and 320 wounded, mostly as a result of air strikes.
The violence has sparked protests in major cities around the world, and caused a number of influential stars to use their voice on social media to speak out in support of the Palestinian people.
The supermodel, who is of Palestinian heritage, shared a post on Instagram on Tuesday, which has since gone viral. “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,” the post reads. “You cannot pick and choose whose human rights matter more.”
Her younger sister and fellow supermodel Bella Hadid also shared some words to her Instagram Stories. “I feel the pain of my ancestors. I cry for them. I cry for my Palestinian brothers and sisters there now, feeling unsafe and scared,” she said.
She also later posted a black and white image to her Instagram grid, which read: “Future generations will look back in disbelief and wonder how we allowed the Palestinian suffering to continue for so long. A human tragedy unfolding right in front of our eyes.
“Politicians stutter neutral words in fear of being reprimanded, whilst the world remains silent to avoid offending the wrong people.”
Popstar Dua Lipa, whose boyfriend is Anwar Hadid, the younger brother of Bella and Gigi, shared her thoughts on her Instagram stories. “The world needs to intervene and put a stop to this,” she wrote.
American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her Twitter account to speak out. “We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence,” she wrote.
“It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.”
The Hulk actor took to Twitter to call for sanctions to help free the Palestinian people. “1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem,” he wrote. “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”
The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr wrote in a tweet: “Bombing children and targeting houses of worship is wrong.
“I pray that I never pledge allegiance to any ideology or methodology that would stop me from believing that.”
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon wrote in a tweet supporting the Palestinian people: “Standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are facing ethnic cleansing and being terrorised at the hands of the Israeli government and Jewish settler organisations.
“The world is watching.”
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