Hollywood star Gal Gadot has been slammed by Twitter and Instagram users for a post on the ongoing violence in Palestine, according to the Independent newspaper.
Gadot, 36, who is from Israel and served her compulsory time in the Israeli Army posted:
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) May 12, 2021
People were quick to point out Gadot served in the Israel Army, and had participated and witnessed “ethnic cleansing” herself, accusing the actress of hypocrisy.
One Twitter user said: “And people really said we were exaggerating when we said boycott Gal Gadot who acts as a literal tool of propaganda for her government and the occupation forces she once served in. She can’t even say the word Palestinian. To the dustbin of history.”
Another said: “Reminder Gal Gadot served in the IDF for two years where she not only witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Palestine firsthand but also actively supported it. How can you advocate to stop the vicious cycle of terror when you are a very part of it.”
Gadot has come under fire before over the Israel-Palestine conflict, for during the 2014 air strikes on Gaza by Israel she posted a supportive message to the Israeli Army, offering thoughts and prayers whilst posting a photo of herself and her daughter covering their eyes.
Tensions flared in Jerusalem after the proposed eviction of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood Sheikh Jarrah, of which Israeli officials admitted was an attempt to “preserve Jerusalem’s Jewish identity”.
Extremist settlers marched through the city on “Jerusalem Day”, which celebrates the 1967 occupation of Jerusalem by Israeli forces, shouting slogans such as “death to Arabs”.
The Israeli Army then launched an offensive Al-Aqsa Mosque whilst worshippers performed prayers, releasing tear gas and stun grenades.
Israel has launched an airstrike offensive on Gaza, killing 65 people so far, and injuring nearly 400, including 86 children, according to Al Jazeera.
Hamas in retaliation began launching rockets in Israeli territory, –most of which have been intercepted by Israeli missile defence system Iron Dome– and have since proposed a ceasefire, which Israel has rejected, saying it will not accept any ceasefire until it has achieved “certain military goals”.