Twitter users turned on Gal Gadot after she tweeted about the Israel-Palestine conflict Wednesday. As tensions escalate and Israel launches attacks against the militant forces Hamas, more public figures have spoken out on the issue. Gadot, like other Zionists, have faced hate on social media platforms. Critics say she and others should not be publicly supporting Israel.
Gal Gadot is known for her female empowerment and humanitarian efforts, but also for serving in the Israel Defense Force for two years. Her veteran status has marked her as a puppet for the Israeli government, and Twitter commenters took her message of solidarity as political propaganda.
“This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long,” the actress tweeted. “Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation.”
For many, her words were nothing more than an attempt to justify the counterattacks from Israel that have killed Palestinian women and children. Many were upset that Gal Gadot refused to mention them by their names, instead, calling them “our neighbors.”
They “deserve the same,” she explained. “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.”
Her calls for peace quickly transformed into a war zone, with comments calling for the boycotting of the Wonder Woman star. “Reminder Gal Gadot served in the IDF for two years where she not only witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Palestine firsthand but also actively supported it,” one tweet said. “How can you advocate to stop the vicious cycle of terror when you are standing on the frontlines enabling it #FreePalestine.”
“People really said we were exaggerating when we said boycott Gal Gadot who acts as a literal tool of propaganda for her government and the occupation forces she once served in. She can’t even say the word Palestinian. To the dustbin of history,” another user tweeted.
The comments quickly became too much for the Justice League co-star to handle. She disabled them, but left the tweet. Despite thousands of haters who continuously attack her words in quoted re-tweets, many have stood with her, understanding where she was coming from.
Greg Price pointed out that “the Internet is angry at Gal Gadot because she’s an IDF veteran, which all Israelis are required to serve in for at least two years, and had the audacity to share a heartwarming message for peace in the conflict. A lot of disgusting people in her replies.”
Another, Oliver Kamm, tweeted that “it’s Twitter, of course, not real life. But the quote-tweets to @GalGadot’s dignified & humane wish for peace exemplify the antisemitism & misogyny that social media has brought to the public square.”
But many believe Gal Gadot should not be publicly supporting and defending Israel’s actions. Andrew Yang faced a similar fate when he posted a tweet that he assumed stood for peace and harmony, but instead divided thousands of people in the comments.
He quickly retracted his statement and apologized, expressing that he was wrong in making a blanket statement that did not properly address the tragedies that are accosting the middle east. That didn’t stop thousands of angry commenters from continuing to attack his character.
One of the most prominent political forces, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been one of those vocal against individuals like Gal Gadot and Andrew Yang, saying that their “blanket statements” with “little context of acknowledgment of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong.”
As the situation in Israel escalates so are the tensions on Twitter. And it’s unlikely they will subside anytime soon.