Pop princess Selena Gomez isn’t a name one associates with Middle East politics.
But the 21-year-old actress and singer who rocketed to fame as a teenage Disney Channel star, and as the ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber, felt strongly enough about the disturbing images of in Gaza that she devoted an Instagram post to the situation.
Gomez posted the slogan: IT’S ABOUT HUMANITY. PRAY FOR GAZA.
The personal message she added: Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what's important in life. It's not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration
The number of “likes” the post has received is approaching 600,000 and sparked a predictably lively discussion.
While the celebrity Gaza tweets garnering the most publicity are still the two that were removed and apologized for: Rihanna’s and Dwight Howard’s, as well as Bill Maher’s controversial comparison of Hamas to a crazy woman, they are far from the only big names tweeting about the topic.
But as the fighting has continued, other Hollywood names have joined the online fray. Actress Mia Farrow has retweeted multiple images and messages regarding Gaza - messages like “Tell the U.S. to stop arming Israel” and “Remember, Israel could have had a ceasefire any time if it agreed to basic humanitarian conditions for people of Gaza.” In at least one post, she took a clear position herself, tweeting that “Israel said it's objective is to take out Hamas tunnels- but why are they bombing homes in Gaza City."
Israel said it's objective is to take out Hamas tunnels- but why are they bombing homes in Gaza City— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 20, 2014
Movie actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted criticism of the bombing of al-Wafa hospital and saying “I thought blowing up hospitals was something that all human beings could agree was off-limits.”
Kerry Washington, star of the television hit "Scandal," tweeted a link to a news account of the four children killed on a Gaza beach with the short comment “Heartbreaking” - sparking a long political argument among her followers.
And Saturday Night Live veteran, comedian Rob Schneider tweeted on Sunday that “the ugly inhuman siege of Gaza has had its deadliest day today.”
The ugly inhuman siege of Gaza has had it's deadliest day today.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 21, 2014
Clearly, it’s far more fashionable for stars to show concern about the Gaza’s plight conflict than to argue Israel’s position. Are there no celebrities, one might ask, ready to take on the challenge of advocating the Jewish state’s point of view?
One stalwart who has long been supportive of Israel is Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, whose rather innocuous Tweets expressing concern and affection for her loved ones Israel with a mere “Shabbat Shalom” drew fire in the current sensitive environment leading her to observe bitterly in a Tweet that “apparently wishing a happy sabbath to my family and friends and people in Israel constitutes being a baby killer....” She added a point in a Sunday post on her Facebook page: “If you hate me for being Jewish or a supporter of the right of Israel to exist, kindly post on pages that support your opinions rather than trying to bully me and other people who are Jewish. I'm sorry there is so much hatred and miseducation but we won't fix it by name calling Jewish celebrities, I promise. God bless America for letting us have our own opinions and God bless Israel for allowing Jews to have a home. I pray for a peaceful state for Palestinians who also seek peace and want to pursue it. Not sure there is more to say.”
apparently wishing a happy sabbath to my family and friends and people in israel constitutes being a baby killer.... http://t.co/5Pai6VXDuD— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) July 11, 2014
There is one famous name who has devoted nearly her entire Twitter feed to the topic of the conflict in Gaza with a consistent Israel advocacy message - 90’s comedy superstar and today an entertainer, political gadfly and 2012 Green Party presidential hopeful Roseanne Barr. From her macadamia farm in Hawaii. Barr, aka @therealroseanne, has been tweeting on the conflict non-stop, with a strong slant in support of the Jewish state and her own comic touch (she has declared herself de facto president of “#Israstine and clearly plans to impose peace and harmony on the region by force of her personality.)
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