Dua Lipa has taken to social media to slam an advertisement in the New York Times this past Saturday which describes her and Palestinian-American influencers Bella and Gigi Hadid as antisemites.
According to The Fader, the ad was paid for by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network, featuring the headline “Bella, Gigi and Dua, Hamas calls for a second Holocaust. CONDEMN THEM NOW,” accompanied by a photo of the three alongside Hamas rockets.
The advertisement was run in response to the support the three have shown for Palestinians currently subject to mass violence from the Israeli government and says that Lipa and the Hadids have “vilified the Jewish state” with their activism. Lipa has been vocal about geopolitical conflicts before, and she is currently dating the Hadids’ brother, Anwar Hadid.
Look at the New York Times ad below posted by a Twitter user:
here’s the bottom half of the ad with the paid by disclosure btw pic.twitter.com/8IshXjAzlu— Matthew (@matthewduchesne) May 22, 2021
Below is Dua Lipa’s response to the ad, who says “I utterly reject the false and appalling allegations that were published today in The New York Times advertisement taken out by the World Values Network. This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government whose actions in Palestine both Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem accuse of persecution and discrimination. I take this stance because I believe that everyone — Jews, Muslims and Christians — have the right to live in peace as equal citizens of a state they choose. The World Values Network are shamelessly using my name to advance their ugly campaign with falsehoods and blatant misrepresentation of who I am and what I stand for. I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism.”
May 22, 2021
Bella Hadid has been vocal on her Instagram of her supporting her father Mohamed’s homeland, recently sharing a photo from four years ago:
Gigi Hadid did some defending of not being “another anti Semitic celebrity” of her own, sharing a screenshot on her Instagram:
Dua Lipa with Anwar Hadid: