People around the world have taken to the streets in protest against Israel’s colonisation of Palestine, calling for freedom for the state. Among those taking part in demonstrations are Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are of Palestinian heritage.
Unlike many celebrities, who have steered clear of taking sides, the sisters have shared information about the plight of those living under occupation. In an attempt to twist the narrative, the Israeli government accused Bella and Gigi of antisemitism – an allegation that was widely mocked by those online.
In a piece for Dazed about the Hadid’s pro-Palestine messaging, journalist Ruqaiya Haris wrote: “The perceived threat of losing mainstream support among young people due to the activism of the Hadid sisters is clear in Israel’s frenzied digital propaganda – and despite billions in foreign aid and widespread political support, public opinion is still dearly important to Israel.”
While the ceasefire seemingly signals a step towards progress, continued global pressure is paramount. The Israeli government has gone back on its word countless times, and it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility to see this happen again. Sending aid to Gaza is now more important than ever. So, keep protesting, engage with your local representatives, and save Palestine.
Look back at Dazed’s guide on how to talk about Palestine here.
Finally we can say Gaza is NOT under attack. Palestinians gather in Gaza, Jerusalem and other cities of occupied Palestine celebrating ceasefire. People of Palestine are celebrating being alive after surviving 11 days of Israel’s brutal airstrikes. I’m in tears of joy. #غزه_تنتصرpic.twitter.com/j2WOPt45a4
ceasefire doesn’t mean it’s over. what it means is: our voices were heard, hashtags were trending, public opinion changed, protesting worked, governments were pressurized & finally, some action was taken. it took all that for a ceasefire. just a ceasefire.