Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis and Canadian singer Justin Bieber have been slammed online for posting images from war-torn Gaza with captions supporting Israel. Both celebrities mistakenly believed the images were from Israel and have since deleted their posts.
Curtis, the Freaky Friday and Everything Everywhere All At Once star, posted on Sunday, a photo by photographer Samar Abu Elouf for the New York Times and captioned it “TERROR FROM THE SKIES” with an Israeli flag.
She deleted the post after users pointed out it was actually of Palestinian children and posted a generic picture of two children holding hands and running, captioned, “In war ALL CHILDREN should be protected. @my_hand_in_yours we are dedicated to the care and treatment of critically ill or injured children @childrensla who will treat ANY child regardless of their family’s ability to pay.”
Bieber shared on Wednesday a post to his story, the cover image of which featured an aerial view of a bombing site in Gaza with the text “Praying for Israel” superimposed on it.
He deleted it soon after and wrote “Praying for Israel” with a broken heart emoji instead.
Both celebrities were criticised for not posting about Palestine as well as not acknowledging their mistakes.
They were also called out for only caring about the destruction and terror if Israelis were suffering.
The recent escalation in violence began on Saturday after Hamas launched its biggest assault on Israel in years early on Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets from Gaza and sending fighters across the border.
Israel said it was “on a war footing” and launched its own strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, with Israeli media reporting gunbattles between bands of Palestinian fighters and security forces in southern Israel.
So far, Al Jazeera has estimated casualties of over 2,300 on both sides. The sole power plant in Gaza has run out of fuel, plunging nearly two million people into darkness after Israel cut off water, food and power supply.