Dua Lipa is speaking out after being accused of anti-Semitism due to her support of Palestinians in the deadly conflict in the Middle East.
Lipa was responding to a controversial full-page ad in Saturday’s New York Times accusing her and models Gigi Hadid and sister Bella Hadid of anti-Semitism for voicing support for the Palestinians during the Middle East conflict.
The full-page ad, sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network, dubs the three women as “mega-influencers [who] have vilified the Jewish State in a manner that is deeply troubling” and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
In a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday, the 25-year-old superstar said she rejects “the false and appalling allegations” and said the World Values Network twisted what she stands for.
“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,” Lipa added.
She said she took this stance because she believes 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 misrepresentations of who I am and what I stand for. I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism,” Lipa said.
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