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Israeli star Gal Gadot faces flak for tweeting “My country is at war”

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The ‘Wonder Woman’ star, Gal Gadot, who was born in Israeli, got heavy shredded on the social media after she made a controversial statement as the fiercest hostilities against Palestine drags on with no end in sight.

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The Hollywood actress, who has previously been criticised for her comments on Israel-Palestine conflicts, wrote “My country is at war” and referred to Palestinians as “our neighbors.” On the micro-blogging site, Twitter, her words have attracted a lot of criticism. Amid the escalating atrocities on part of Israel and Hamas-led militants, who have exchanged rocket fire this week, violence has also broken out in Israel between the country’s Jewish and minority Arabic population. The hostilities are the most intense in seven years and have killed over 50 in Gaza, many of them children.

Now a global star, Gal Gadot, who served her mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces,” took to her Twitter account and wrote, “My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.”

The comments on her controversial post were disabled, here is her statement:

Gal Gadot’s post instantly attracted a lot of twetteraties attention, who too heavily used double quoted both her term “neighbors” and the words “My country is at war.”

“Gal Gadot is wrong. Israel is not at ‘war’ with Palestine. Israel is butchering Palestine. Again,” tweeted musician James Kennedy. “Israeli soldier turned Hollywood’s Wonder Woman multimillionaire Gal Gadot sends meaningless thoughts and prayers as the Israeli apartheid regime she supports ethnically cleanses Palestinians and bombs Gazans in an open-air prison camp.” Many pointed out that Ms Gadot, a former Miss Israel, could not bring herself to write the words Palestine or Palestinians.

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For the uninitiated, the Israel-Palestine conflict escalated this week after Hamas launched over 1,000 rockets into Jerusalem while Israel evicted dozens of Palestinians from the city. Israel retaliated with air strikes of its own, destroying Gaza City’s Al-Farouk Tower prompting more rocket fire by Hamas, as per media reports.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has warned against civil war as the domestic unrest between Israeli Jews and the pro-Palestinian Arab community mounts resulting in cars being torched, riots and mob violence.

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