“Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot’s attempt to post a unifying message on Twitter amid the ongoing violence in the Middle East backfired as critics attacked the actress instead for her combat experience in the Israel Defense Forces when she was younger and accused her of being a “propaganda tool for the IDF.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched rockets at Israel this week, targeting Jerusalem, southern Israel and Tel Aviv. Israel responded by launching a series of airstrikes, killing a senior Hamas commander and several other high-ranking Hamas militants. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added that they would use “an iron fist if necessary” to stop accompanying violent protests by Arab citizens. More than 30 people have been killed in the escalation of violence, which marks their most serious conflict since the Gaza war in 2014.
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“My heart is breaking,” Israel-born Gadot wrote on Wednesday of the carnage. “My country is at war.”
Social media users immediately posted nasty comments about the actress and didn’t let her forget her time in the IDF, with several accusing her of supporting ‘ethnic cleansing’ and “mass genocide” for wishing peace for Israel.
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“Recall that Gal Gadot served in the IDF for two years, where she not only witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, but also actively supported it. How can you advocate to stop the vicious cycle of terror when you are on the front lines by allowing it #FreePalestine, ”wrote one user, @thetaeprint.
Others accused it of being a tool of “propaganda” for Israel.
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However, as Gadot’s supporters have noted, Israeli military service is compulsory for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18, including most young women. This fact has not been forgotten by some people, including high profile figures like Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who spoke on behalf of Gadot.
Gadot disabled comments on the Twitter post.
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