Singer Dua Lipa blows up an organization that paid for a full-page ad in the New York Times calling her anti-Semitic for her support for the Palestinians. ”
In the sprawling ad that appeared in the main section of the Saturday newspaper, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, head of the World Values Network, Lipa and models Bella and Gigi Hadid named three “mega-influencers” who “accuse Israel of ethnicity” have purged ”and“ slandered the Jewish state ”.
Lipa went to Twitter Saturday afternoon to “deny the false and appalling allegations” and said the World Values Network had twisted what it stands for. “I stand in solidarity with all the oppressed and reject all forms of racism,” she wrote.
Tensions in the Middle East have increased since May 10, when Hamas militants fired long-range missiles in Gaza at Jerusalem. The barrage came after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in the grounds of the Al-Aqsa mosque.
A truce was declared on Friday. The eleven-day war left more than 250 dead – the vast majority of Palestinians – and wreaked havoc in the already impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Many celebrities have used social media to post pro-Palestinian messages, including singer Zayn, Roger Waters, The Weeknd and Mark Ruffalo. Lipa is with Anwar Hadid, Gigi and Bella’s brother.