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World Celebrities Who Broke Silence on Israel-Palestine War

Wed 06 Dec 2023 | 01:20 PM
Ahmed Emam

Celebrities from all over the world have taken it upon themselves to speak out about the ongoing conflict in Palestine. They are raising awareness and urging their followers to stand on the right side of history. This comes after the Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which occurred after Hamas' attack on 7 October.

In the Arab world, Lebanese singer Elissa was the first to show solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. She liked several posts on X (formerly known as Twitter) that showed solidarity with Palestine before posting a tweet that included Palestine's flag with a quote that said, "If you cannot lift the injustice, at least tell everyone about it."

Elissa, who is considered the best-selling Arab female artist in the Middle East and has millions of followers on her social media pages, has always publicly voiced her support for Palestine. This was most notable in 2021 when Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood went viral following Israeli threats of forcibly displacing its residents.

Other Arab singers who tweeted in support of Palestine include Carole Samaha, Laila Ghofran, Nawal al-Zoghbi, Latifa, Ragheb Alame, Ruby, Nancy Ajram, Hani Shaker, Tamer Hosny, Walid Toufic, and Moeen Charif.

 In 2022, Moeen Charif released a song dedicated to the late American-Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces while covering a military raid in the West Bank.

The Middle East's acclaimed actors, including Karim Abedal Aziz, Sulaff Fawakherji, Monther Rayahneh, Mohamed Henedi, Kinda Alloush, Horeya Farghaly, Sherihan, and Ahmed Helmy, were among the celebrities who used their social media platforms to voice support for Palestinians.

Similarly, many international celebrities have shown their support and solidarity with Palestine amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression. 

Acclaimed American singer-songwriter Kehlani took to her Instagram page to express her support for Palestine.

 In a story posted on Instagram, she said, "Free Palestine till it's backward." She also called out other celebrities for remaining silent on what's going on in Gaza.

Meanwhile, American actress Susan Sarandon, who has always spoken in favor of the Palestinian people on several occasions, reposted several posts condemning Israel's aggression against Gaza on her official page. 

The 77-year-old actor also urged her followers to call their representatives in the White House to demand a ceasefire and an end to apartheid.

Irish actor Liam Cunningham shared a video on Instagram of what seems to be a pro-Palestine protest in Dublin. He captioned the video with "#Gaza." Moreover, Jewish American actor Wallace Shawn, along with other Jewish activists in Washington, DC, opposed the genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, saying "It’s one of the most deliberate cruelties inflicted on a group of people."