Celebrities criticized for supporting Israel following Hamas attacks – Insider

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On Saturday, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a wave of surprise attacks against Israel. In turn, Israel declared “a state of war” and the Israel Defense Forces announced a swift counterattack.
As fighting continued into Sunday, some celebrities took to social media to share their support for Israel. But some of their followers were critical, telling the celebrities in social-media comments sections that they should instead support Palestinians and were “uneducated” about the conflict.
Celebrities who posted in support of Israel include Madonna, Gal Gadot, Nina Dobrev, Sofia Richie, Ashley Tisdale, and Kylie Jenner. In a post to her Instagram story, Jenner shared a photo from the pro-Israel account @StandWithUs — and took it down roughly an hour later.
Numerous people posted Palestinian flags in the comments and accused her of a “lack of knowledge and care.”
Other celebrities have not deleted their stories — many of which are from the same account, @StandWithUs — and received a similar kind of backlash.
Tisdale posted the same graphic as Jenner on Saturday but left it up, following it with another Instagram story.
“Showing support for Israel does not make a person anti Palestine and showing support for palestine does not make someone antisemitic,” Tisdale wrote in a second post Sunday.
Soon after, people left comments saying they were disappointed in the actor and planned to boycott her movies.
While many celebrities shared photos only to their Instagram stories, Madonna and Gadot posted photos on their main feeds, which were quickly inundated by comments.
Gadot’s caption said: “I stand with Israel you should too. The world cannot sit on the fence when these horrific acts of terror are happening!”
A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)
Gadot’s post received more than 58,000 comments as of Sunday, many of which said some variation of “Free Palestine.” Madonna’s post has more than 14,000 comments, many with a similar tone.
Views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the US appear to be changing. A Gallup poll from March found that the feelings of millennial Democrats (categorized as ages 23 to 43) about the conflict had changed over the past decade, “shifting from solidly in Israel’s corner to now expressing more sympathy toward the Palestinians.”
And it’s not just Democrats whose views may be changing.
Gallup said independent and Republican millennials had “also become less partial to Israel than they were a decade ago.”
Correction: October 10, 2023 — An earlier version of this story said the fans criticizing celebrities were younger, describing them as “Generation Z.” Because Insider could not confirm the ages of all the fans who were vocalizing their opinions on social media, this story has been updated to reflect that.
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