Posting about the Palestine attacks: Three celebrities who got it wrong and four who got it right

Posting about the Palestine attacks: Three celebrities who got it wrong and four who got it right

Some celebrities didn't strike the right tone with their messages of support.
12 May, 2021

A resurgence in violence against Palestinians has the world talking. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in attacks by Israeli forces on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and protests against the illegal occupation of Sheikh Jarrah. While the world is now talking about this, not everyone is saying the right thing.

At least 215 Palestinians were hurt in the violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, including 153 who were hospitalised and the Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 520 Palestinians have been wounded since Monday, including more than 200 who were hospitalised.

Many people having been posting about the violence, including celebrities, but there were some posts that left people shaking their heads.

People who got it wrong

Malala Yousafzai

Malala's tweet about the Palestine attacks didn't mention Palestine or Israel. Instead, the Nobel laureate tweeted a carefully worded message and said the "violence in Jerusalem — especially against children — is unbearable". Not mentioning who the victims or attackers are adds to the misguided notion that this is a two-way street. It's not. People holding sticks and stones are being attacked and forced out of their homes and places of worship by people with guns and teargas.

Greta Thunberg

If Malala's was a political tiptoe, Greta's post was a shuffle. Her "Devastating to follow the developments in Jerusalem and Gaza" made no mention of the attacks, the victims, or anything really.

But the real cherry on top was her followup tweet where she said she wasn't against Israel or Palestine.

"Needless to say I’m against any form of violence or oppression from anyone or any part," she wrote. This reeks of pandering to people calling her out for being "anti-Israel" for her first tweet. It also reminds us of a certain "All Lives Matter" movement.

Murad Raas

Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas also tweeted about the violence but his tweet left a lot of people scratching their heads. "Where does all the Palestine support money go? Why can’t they buy a single gun to defend themselves. Being bombed and shot [in] 2021 [yet] still using stones?" he demanded in his tweet.

He doesn't seem to understand how Palestinians are living in an apartheid system and have a tough enough time getting their basic necessities, let alone arming themselves to the teeth with expensive weaponry that the Israel government would never let them get their hands on.

People who got it right

The Hadid sisters

Gigi and Bella Hadid are half Palestinian and very vocal about the oppression of Palestinians. The sisters have been posting about the attacks and people's silence on the human rights violations in Palestine.

They've been using their positions as Palestinian-Americans to educate people about Palestine and the atrocities against its people for a while and have never shied away from speaking up.

Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa is one of the most outspoken celebrities about the violence in Palestine and she's calling out the United States government for funding that violence. She has been sharing multiple posts about acts of violence against Palestinians and using her fame to spread awareness.

Swara Bhasker

Indian actor Swara Bhasker has been reminding people that the Palestinian cause has to do with human rights. "It is first and foremost an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial and anti-apartheid cause and that’s why it should concern us all, even non-Muslims," she wrote. And she's right. It's not just Muslims who should be concerned with what's happening in Palestine, it's everyone.

She has also really been going after the Israeli government, so much so that she's being targeted by pro-Israeli and IDF fan groups.

Mark Ruffalo

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo has been posting about the violence against Palestinians for a while and has also called on governments to impose sanctions on Israel to end its human rights violations and free Palestinians.


Jaredlee007 May 12, 2021 03:33pm
No Muslim country has ever been serious about Palestinians. But the issue is about human rights for ALL. You can't help one side by by ignoring the other.
FAZ May 12, 2021 03:37pm
One remembers how the Great Britain was against sanctions on South Africa. Then how on Earth will the world sanction Israel? Specially when United States is on its back
Parvez May 12, 2021 03:37pm
The message delivered by the first three....was loud and clear. If someone deliberately wants to ignore it through nitpicking then that's their problem.
Saira Khan May 12, 2021 03:48pm
Do Palestinians know where Pakistan is on a map?
Jasper May 12, 2021 04:11pm
Huge respect for Mark Ruffalo, given that he can face real consequences because the industry he operates in is full of Zionists.
Anti-Corruption_Pakistani May 12, 2021 04:12pm
In such cases, when commenting about human rights, oppressions and atrocities, one has to be straight forward to convey their support. Don't be shy and try to give diplomatic message.
MG May 12, 2021 04:30pm
What should we call those who are killed, wounded in Hamas attack? Are they not victims? Why would Israel keep quiet when Hamas is firing 200 times?
Shah May 12, 2021 04:42pm
America support Israel 100%. Pakistan is hand in hand with USA. Saudis are American allies. Turkey is part of USA led NATO. Egyptian leader has American backing. Whose left to defent Palestine from Israel?
Bilal May 12, 2021 05:22pm
Malala can't right directly about those who fed her, hypocrisy helps to live such people.
rsultan May 12, 2021 06:03pm
Israelused to fel threatened surrounded as it was after the creation of the site based on home for people of Judaism faith. Absurd as it was, now they colonise and threatened from whom they stole their assets - Palestinian land. Solution? Remove faith based political entities. All nation states should be multi faith, multicultural pieces of planet earth.
Salman May 12, 2021 06:49pm
Was expected from Malala.
well-wisher May 12, 2021 07:20pm
Unite against apartheid and heavy handed atrocities of ISRAEL. Even Israelis with human hearts are hurting as they have seen them in the past. This is a global issue that can't be ignored. UAE and other Gulf states should recall their ambassadors and object.
Arslan Ahmad May 12, 2021 07:37pm
@MG what retaliation is called?
Bashir Riaz May 12, 2021 07:47pm
Malalaism educates Pakistani women to be western Malalaism is like the wall street of women’s education pill nakedness voyerism skimpy clothes just like greed are good western friends are good we have to select her as PM ASAP so Malalaism can reign supreme.
Ghani K May 12, 2021 07:52pm
Malala is an opportunist put on the pedestal by the western liberals who use her to advance their agenda.
Sayyar Khan May 12, 2021 08:31pm
@Saira Khan no they might not but does geography matters or color or religion when it comes to basic Human Rights.
Kat May 12, 2021 10:26pm
@MG how many Israelis have died?
Observer May 12, 2021 11:04pm
When nation states are created on the basis of religion there is always conflict with states which have people of the "other" religions.
tuk May 12, 2021 11:05pm
@Saira Khan They very well did. Many Palestinian students used to come to Pakistan for higher education at one time.
Zak May 12, 2021 11:45pm
@MG What should we call those who are killed, wounded in Hamas attack? Are they not victims? Why would Israel keep quiet when Hamas is firing 200 times? Why would Hamas keep quiet when Israelis attacked Al Aqsa mosque in Ramzan in a holy night whilst palistinians were praying in their mosque in their land.
Zak May 12, 2021 11:47pm
Brutal illegal occupation of palistine by israel is same as foreign Indian occupation of Kashmir, IOK.
yoyo May 12, 2021 11:53pm
I was great fan of malala till now. After reading her tweet it’s clear she is a puppet and an agent for the worlds most powerful
Usman May 13, 2021 01:29am
I am glad whatever i thought of this girl "Malala Yousafzai" always proves to be damn right! She will keep showing the real self in future as well. The thing is, how many of her supporters will try to see that!
MG May 13, 2021 03:52am
@Kat Do you think Hamas bombs Palistanians?
MG May 13, 2021 05:36am
These are kids and always rely on the kits to tweet provided by vested interests
Akil Akhtar May 13, 2021 07:18am
The crimes against humanity are supported by US and UK.....otherwise Israel cannot survive a day.....after committing such crimes for so long.
Jasper May 13, 2021 07:45am
Malala and Greta both serve a specific agenda for a specific purpose. They will never stand for the oppressed, especially when they are Muslims.
Rami May 13, 2021 08:41am
Agree Palestine cause is human rights cause, agree with the celebrity that was spot on !
Masood Abbas May 13, 2021 09:32am
Malala handpicked puppet of the west
Helping hands May 13, 2021 09:52am
Malala and the Greta are as dumb as doorknob. Goes out to show we shouldn't be just doling out awards to unworthy people, just for the sake of it
Helping hands May 13, 2021 09:55am
OK, Mark Ruffalo is my favorite actor now!
Jasper May 13, 2021 03:30pm
This conflict has shown that people like Swara Bhasker of India have much more humanity in her than 'agenda-driven' transient celebrities like Malala and Greta.
Harambe May 15, 2021 01:55am
@rsultan: Good! Now TRY it!
Shahid Mahmood May 15, 2021 02:53am
Why do people like Malala even need to say a word. Hypocrites need to stay in their shells. I would have respected her opinion even if she had sided with Israel.
Harambe May 15, 2021 03:17am
@tuk :Thank Heavens they don't come to Pakistan now!
Jaan May 15, 2021 04:05pm
Mia Khalifa a celebrity and people take her seriously, what's happening.
Mustafa May 15, 2021 07:57pm
people here are commenting as if Malala is on Pakistan's payroll. Wake up guys, why do you think they gave away the Nobel to her?
Nadia May 16, 2021 12:10pm
@Saira Khan I guess you can go to pakistani Universities and see the number of palestinians students attending these universities. Palestinian are highly educated people and yes we do know where our beloved Pakistan is on the map
Taskin May 17, 2021 05:10am
@Usman, nice one. Perhaps, a little more stretch would also give a WHY. If cant, then glad is still good. cheers
CP May 17, 2021 01:28pm
disappointed with our people who got it wrong
mehdi May 17, 2021 03:49pm
other than Iran no one is actually with the Palestinian. while UAE Saudi and other gulf countries enjoy new relations with them,
mehdi May 17, 2021 04:56pm
@Saira Khan really ?
mehdi May 17, 2021 04:57pm
@Shah Iran
mehdi May 17, 2021 04:58pm
@Bilal she is a fake
David Cahn May 17, 2021 11:43pm
@Jasper zionists who dislike Netanyahu. He’ll be fine. Netanyahu will be history. The whole world is one family and no that is not the same as saying all lives matter. We’ll figure this out when hamas is gone as well. Ruffalo should have mentioned hamas though because he sounds uneducated, lying by omission
Khan ji May 18, 2021 06:32am
Might is right. Its ironic, but so true.