More celebrities are beginning to speak out for Palestine

More celebrities are beginning to speak out for Palestine
Numerous celebrities have used their platforms to raise awareness and support for protesting Palestinians.
2 min read
12 May, 2021
Mark Ruffalo is frequently vocal on issues of injustice [Getty]
Celebrity support for Palestine appears to be growing, as activists share footage on social media of Israel's brutal repression of protesters in Jerusalem and the bombing of Gaza.

A-list celebrities are using their high-profile status to express solidarity with Palestinians and share activists' posts to highlight the Israeli military assault on Gaza to their millions of online followers.

Actor Mark Ruffalo, best known for playing "The Hulk" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - a vocal supporter of human rights and climate justice - took to Twitter to voice support for Palestinians and called for sanctions on Israel. 

"1500 Palestinians face expulsion in #Jerusalem. 200 protesters have been injured. 9 children have been killed. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its black people - it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call. #SheikhJarrah," he tweeted

Attached to the tweet was a link to a petition, which will be sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 

LA rock band Rage Against the Machine mirrored Ruffalo’s comments. 

"The violence and atrocities we are witnessing in Sheikh Jarrah, the Al Aqsa compound and Gaza are a continuation of decades of Israel’s brutal apartheid and violent occupation of Palestine," the band tweeted.

"We stand with the Palestinian people as they resist this colonial terror in all its forms. #FreePalestine," they added, with a picture of protests outside the Al-Aqsa mosque. 

While Ruffalo and Rage Against the Machine openly condemned Israeli violence, other celebrities used their social media platforms to highlight the voices of others. 

Former England footballer and sports pundit Gary Lineker retweeted a post, with the handclapping emoji, by Na’amod, a British Jewish organisation that campaigns against the Israeli occupation in Palestinian territories. 

US singer-songwriter Halsey used her Instagram stories to highlight the recent struggles of Palestinians. 

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Joining her on Instagram was Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman, who added a post by fellow actor Viola Davis concerning events in Sheikh Jarrah

In 2009 she came out as a vocal opponent of the BDS movement, but in subsequent years has been critical of Israel's controversial Nation State Law and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu right-wing policies. 

Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding - who starred in Crazy Rich Asians - slammed New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang for his support for Israel.

"You are an actual t***," wrote the actor.

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