BEIRUT: Celebrities around the world took to Twitter in response to escalating Israeli fire on Gaza, condemning Israeli forces and expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine.
“This is the vile Israel – the country that taught injustice and ugliness to the tyrants of the world,” tweeted Syrian singer Assala, who is also known for her outspoken support of the Syrian revolution.
Lebanese singer and performer Ragheb Alama turned his Twitter account into a gallery of videos and pictures displaying the atrocities caused by Israeli attacks.
“They [Israel] killed the people, burned their land and said that terrorism comes from us. Who is the terrorist? WHO?” he tweeted.
Prominent Lebanese singer Assi al-Hilani took a different approach, tweeting about “the need for a quick Arabic summit for the brutal aggression of our families in Palestine” and asking, “Where are you Arabs?”
Hilani was not the only celebrity to condemn the absence of an effective Arabic response, with Lebanese actress Ward El Khal saying “if the Arabs are not with you. God is. #WeAreAllGaza.”
The pro-Palestinian Twitter phenomenon did not stop at the celebrities of the Arab World; big names from around the globe also penned tweets in solidarity Gaza.
Pop sensation Rihanna tweeted the hash tag #FreePalestine before deleting it eight minutes later and writing instead: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”
American NBA star Dwight Howard also tweeted and then deleted the #Free Palestine hashtag after a fan shared pictures of Gaza with him.
Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon showed his support for Palestine by tweeting “#Free Palestine #ForzaBuffon.”
According to the Middle East Monitor, Germany soccer superstar Mesut Ozil is set to donate his $600,000 World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza.
Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks put up a post on Instagram that read “pray for Palestine.”
Famous American comedian Whoopi Goldberg condemned the attacks by retweeting: “Whoopi can you please RT that the men, women & children in Gaza, Palestine have been getting Massacred for the past week.”
Roger Water, an English musician and co-founder of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released an open letter to Canadian musician Neil Young on Facebook saying: “We stand with those people and with all the brave people of Israel and Palestine, Jewish and Arab alike who oppose The Israeli Governments brutal policies … Please join me and countless other artists all over the world in solidarity with the oppressed and the disenfranchised. It is time to heed the peoples call.