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Malala Yousafzai reaffirms support for Gaza after being slammed over producing musical with Hillary Clinton

Malala Yousafzai reaffirms support for Gaza after being slammed over producing musical with Hillary Clinton

Publicly and privately, I will keep calling on world leaders to push for a ceasefire and to ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid, she wrote.
Updated 25 Apr, 2024

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai reaffirmed her support for the people of Gaza after days of criticism over her decision to co-produce a Broadway musical with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

“I wanted to speak today because I want there to be no confusion about my support for the people of Gaza,” she wrote in an Instagram post shared on Wednesday night.

“We have all watched the relentless atrocities against Palestinian people for more than six months now with anger and despair. This week’s news of mass graves discovered at Gaza’s Nasser and al-Shifa hospitals is yet another reminder of the horrors Palestinians bear it is their bones,” Yousafzai wrote. “We do not need to see more dead bodies, bombed shovels and starving children to understand that a ceasefire is urgent and necessary.”

She said that she has and will continue to “condemn the Israeli government for its violations of international law and war crimes, and I applaud efforts by those determined to hold them to account”. “Publicly and privately, I will keep calling on world leaders to push for a ceasefire and to ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid.”

The activist said she “stands against any form of violence against innocent civilians, including the taking of prisoners and hostages”. “And I stand in solidarity with the people in Gaza whose voices and demands must be heard,” she wrote.

“When we see alarming signs of genocide, we cannot wait to take decisive action. We must work together to urge our leaders to stop these war crimes and hold perpetrators to account.”

Her statement comes after news surfaced of her producing Suffs, a Broadway musical on the suffrage movement in the US alongside Clinton. The internet was awash with criticism, with many calling the activist a sellout, particularly for partnering with Clinton on the project.

Clinton, the former First Lady and secretary of state, wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic last November in which she argued against a complete ceasefire in Gaza. She has also defended Israel, labelling criticism of it by students “antisemitic”. She has also been criticised over her involvement in drone attacks in Pakistan during her tenure.

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Nasser Yousaf Apr 25, 2024 12:27pm
Finally, you have done it! Great job. Since I had criticised her for not condemning the Gaza Genocide, I must now appreciate her statement. She must do more to punish Israel and its supporting countries like the US and UK and Germany
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 25, 2024 12:57pm
Too little, too late.
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Sid Apr 25, 2024 01:22pm
Maybe she should start by not going through participating in the musical? Words are hollow when actions don't backup them up.
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Mahmood Apr 25, 2024 02:38pm
Too little, too late! Where was she for the past 7 months while 34000 men, women, elderly and children were being slaughtered? Oh wait, she was too busy producing a musical, to lend her name to mint money. Gaza was not a priority.
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Mahsud Apr 25, 2024 03:26pm
Apart from Gaza, she has killed plenty of innocents in the indiscriminate drone attacks over Af-Pak region.
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Parbat Apr 25, 2024 03:56pm
Absolutely disgusting; and now trying to do damage control by shedding some crocodile tears for Gaza
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Saleem Mir,MD Apr 25, 2024 04:24pm
Malala, Too little too late. Alas you missed the opportunity to side with the persecuted and oppressed as you preferred to side with those who supported these atrocities.
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Dr Dummy Apr 25, 2024 04:34pm
You need to return where you belong to and work for their upliftment, if you can. Anything outside of that is a cheap talk to stay in the media. Period.
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Sajid Mahmood Apr 25, 2024 05:30pm
Complete sell out! What happened to women's rights in Palestine.
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Ehsan Apr 25, 2024 08:01pm
We are so critical of the very few women leaders that we have
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Skeptic Apr 25, 2024 08:55pm
Mala, Your lame stale empathy towards the victims of Gaza, failed to bring a single tear to my eyes! Did you not get the news about the Israeli genocide in Palestine until now???
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Heathen Apr 25, 2024 10:05pm
Cheer up guys she’s finally condemned them. After waiting a whole 6 months and gauging public opinion that she won’t be cancelled, she finally got the spine to stand up for her principles.
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Abs Apr 26, 2024 02:07am
After 6 months of complete silence finally a paragraph from her in support only because now all western powers are condemning Israel. So as always she is only following the western crowd.
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Alizeh Apr 26, 2024 03:38pm
Absolutely disappointing ! Her silence until now over the genocide and then her partnering with Hillary Clinton really makes it easy to believe all the negative conspiracies that had been created about her .
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