The Palestine-Israel conflict has gained international attention as people around the world begin to recognise the genocide taking place in the small country of Palestine.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, more than 10,000 people have been killed in Gaza since 7 October, including 4,104 children and 2,641 women.
As the Palestinian death toll continues to rise, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, strengthened his calls for a ceasefire, calling Gaza a “graveyard for children”.
Aside from world leaders and politicians, celebrities have also spoken out about the conflict and are using their platforms to spread awareness.
Today, JUICE will be listing nine international celebrities who have shown support for Palestinians during the Gaza genocide.
1. Bella Hadid
Supermodel Bella Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, was vocal about her support for ending the genocide on her Instagram. Earlier today, 7 November, she posted a photo of the Palestinian flag with a quote that read, “The olive tree, rooted in ancient soil, mirrors the Palestinians, who are anchored deep within their homeland.”
Previously, the supermodel released her statement regarding the crisis, writing, “This is the most intense bombardment in the history of Gaza. US White House National Security Council dangerously says Israel ‘owes no one any justification’ and that it will have ‘no red lines’. Innocent lives should always be justified in the name of humanity.
Israel has completely shut off telecommunications and electricity across Gaza. Injured civilians currently can’t call ambulances. Medics are begging reporters to let them know where bombardments are happening, but reporters don’t know either because of the internet outage. The people of Gaza have nowhere to go, and their children are dying. Please, ceasefire now.”
2. Dua Lipa
In 2021, Lipa slammed an organisation that paid for a full-page advertisement in The New York Times labelling her antisemitic for her support for Palestinians. She claimed that the organisation used her name “shamelessly” to “advance their ugly campaign with falsehoods and blatant misrepresentations.”
The pop star recently signed an open letter urging US President Joe Biden to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The letter read, “Half of Gaza’s two million residents are children, and more than two-thirds are refugees, and their descendants are being forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach them.”
3. Indya Moore
Pose star Indya Moore has been actively urging Biden to call for a ceasefire in Gaza via Instagram. In October, the transgender actress was also arrested by authorities in New York City’s Grand Central Station Terminal for protesting and demanding an end to the ongoing genocide, with thousands of Jewish Americans and allies rallying behind her.
The R&B singer is one of the first American musicians to show solidarity for Palestinians and has actively updated her Instagram account with recent news about the genocide.
“Being overwhelmed by fear ends up benefiting the oppressor, and any decision made out of fear ends up in a mess. How are we allowing genocide to happen in real-time on social media? And why are we, as an international community that has vowed to never repeat history, choosing to remain silent out of fear?
Advocating against oppression is not the most popular thing to do; it puts you and your career at risk and renders you a target. So when you decide to remain silent while witnessing your peers resisting occupation, you feed the oppression,” said Kehlani in an Instagram post.
5. Emma Watson
In 2022, Watson shared an Instagram post of a collage emblazed with the words “solidarity is a verb”. In the background were photos of protesters bearing Palestinian flags.
The post also included a quote from feminist scholar Sara Ahmed, reading, “Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.”
Some Israeli officials reacted negatively to Watson’s post, accusing her of antisemitism.
On Saturday, November 4, Bjork shared a photo on her Instagram account of the Palestinian map throughout the years, with the Palestinians gradually losing more and more land to Israelis.
“Is this what you call sharing?” she wrote in the caption of the post.
Former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui also wrote, “Love you,” in the comments section of Bjork’s post.
7. Zara Larsson
The Swedish singer shared a photo of herself with her opinion on the genocide via Instagram Story. In the post, she wrote, “Oh so it’s stand with Ukraine when Russia invades, but not Palesti-.”
8. Mark Ruffalo
Ruffalo has been one of the most vocal supporters of Palestine in recent years, and has even defended Watson after being chastised by Israeli officials.
“I received a note today from @NathanThrall, journalist and author of ‘A Day in the Life of Abed Salama’ that resonated deeply with me. I wanted to share his words as we all watch in horror what is unfolding between the Israeli Government and Hamas today.
“It is horrific to see innocent civilians killed and held hostage, and there is no justification for it. We pray for their safety, as we pray for the safety of the innocent people of Gaza who are being bombarded and besieged,” Ruffalo posted on X.
Macklemore recently attended a rally in Washington, D.C., which saw thousands of Palestinian supporters demanding an end to the genocide in Gaza.
In an interview with Muslim, a Muslim-based news publication, the rapper acknowledged that over 10,000 Palestinians have lost their lives due to the conflict.
“Human beings will never go back to the way of life that they know. Gaza is in rubble right now, and we are silent, which makes us complicit in our silence. We need to speak up; we need to be the voice for the voiceless. End this racist regime that we’re seeing right in front of us on social media,” said Macklemore.
Despite not publicly posting about their views on the genocide, the following celebrities have signed an open letter urging Biden to call for a ceasefire in Gaza:
10. Omar Apollo
11. Jenna Ortega
12. Raveena Aurora
13. Florence Pugh
14. Victoria Monét
15. Snoh Aalegra
16. Sandra Oh
17. Joaquin Phoenix
18. Kristen Stewart
19. Lupita Nyong’o
20. Rachel McAdams
21. Cate Blanchett
22. Daniel Caesar
23. Andrew Garfield
As of today, there are over 280 US-based celebrities who have signed the open letter. Read the full open letter here.