The ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict is a travesty that seems no nearer to finding a solution and every time more fighting breaks out, it ricochets around the globe with world leaders, politicians and celebrities with huge platforms having their say.
On Saturday a full page ad was taken out in the main section of the New York Times by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the head of the World Values Network. In rambling and incendiary prose he claimed that Lipa, along with Bella and Gigi Hadid, were ‘mega-influencers’ who have ‘accused Israel of ethnic cleansing’ and ‘vilified the Jewish State’.
Dua did not take kindly to this at all, unsurprisingly, putting out the statement below on her social media platforms. Celebrities like The Weeknd, Zayn and Mark Ruffalo have taken to social media with pro-Palestine sentiments as well so Dua accused the group of using her name ‘shamelessly’ to ‘advance their ugly campaign with falsehoods and blatant misrepresentation’.
Thankfully there is a current cease-fire in place in the troubled region but it is an extremely delicate situation. With horrific anti-semitic attacks on the rise around the world, people seem not to be able to separate the Jewish religion from the country of Israel when of course they are two vastly different things. As with everything, always educate yourself as much as possible and never resort to trolling or violence.