Rap song calling for 'death' of Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa and Mia Khalifa for Gaza ceasefire stance tops Israeli charts

Rap song calling for 'death' of Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa and Mia Khalifa for Gaza ceasefire stance tops Israeli charts
Ness Ve Stilla’s controversial hit 'Harbu Darbu' has landed at the top of charts in Israel, after its release three months prior
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16 February, 2024
Despite its controversy, Israeli drill tune Charbu Darbu has continue to maintain popularity among young Israelis and soldiers [Getty]

An Israeli drill song 'Harbu Darbu' that allegedly calls for the deaths of famous Arab and Muslim women Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa and Mia Khalifa has landed at the top of the charts in Israel, The Times reported

Israeli rap duo Ness Ve Stilla debuted the Hebrew-language song in November, becoming one of Israel’s most streamed songs of 2023.  

Since its release, the controversial song has gone on to be viewed 18 million times on YouTube.   

The song, naming Albanian-British singer Dua Lipa, Lebanese-American social media influencer and former adult film actress Mia Khalifa, as well as Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid, means 'Raining hell on enemies'.

All three of the women named in the song have previously shown support for Palestinians or called for a ceasefire during Israel's current war on the Gaza Strip. 

The song includes lines such as,"All the IDF units are coming to do Harbu Darbu on their heads", as well as,"Wait till we drop it like rain on you wh***s ... All who planned, supported, executed, murdered. You’re in trouble. You hear?"

It goes on to call out the women along with the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah.

"Nasrallah. Mohammed Deif. Haniyeh. Abu Baklawa. Bella Hadid. Dua Lipa. Mia Khalifa ... Every dog will get what’s coming to them."

"All the units in the IDF are in mode to thrust war and pain into your head," they rap. 

The song’s name derives from a term in Syrian Arabic, and used in Hebrew, as criminal slang for "swords and strikes". This is used by the rappers to refer to "Operation Iron Sword", the official military name for Israel’s assault on Gaza. 

The song also employs the racist term 'Abu Baklawa', mocking Palestinian and Arabic names by referencing the renowned Middle Eastern dessert

Mia Khalifa took to social media to respond to the song that was originally released last year but has once again topped Israel's charts.

"Y’all that song calling for the IDF to kill me, Bella, and Dua is over a DRILL beat, they can’t even call for genocide in their own culture, they had to colonize something to get it to #1," Khalifa wrote in a post on X in December. 

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Lipa and Hadid have yet to respond. 

Ness Ve Stilla, the rap group which consists of Nessya Levi and Dor Soroker, released the track merely weeks after the 7 October attack. 

The drill tune swiftly went viral, topping Israel’s Mako charts which monitors the country’s radio plays and streaming services. 

It has also been heavily backed by young Israelis and soldiers, who have used the song in multiple TikTok videos where they film themselves lip-syncing and dancing to the song. 

The health ministry in Gaza said Friday at least 28,775 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory by Israel's bombardment and aggression.

The toll includes 112 fatalities over the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said, while 68,552 people have been wounded in Gaza since war erupted on 7 October.