Gal Gadot’s message about the Middle East was not received well at all. This caused a huge uprising as violence between Israel and Palestine intensifies. Cries for #FreePalestine are trending throughout social media, but Wonder Woman dropped a tweet in support of Israelis.
On Wednesday, Gal Gadot sent out a tweet that many called out for being tone deaf, to say the least. As so many timelines filled with violence from Israeli troops destroying Palestinian lives, she tweeted out a message about how her own heart is breaking.
“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 message was heard throughout the Twitterverse and Hollywood as well. According to a piece from The Hollywood Reporter, Gal Gadot’s pro-peace tweet was not received well, especially considering the fact that she served two years in the Israeli military. To be fair, this is mandatory for all citizens.
“Gadot’s pro-peace, respect-both-sides sentiment might sound fairly benign, but some took issue with the actress using the friendly term ‘neighbors’ amid the rocket-firing conflict and for supporting Israel at all. Gadot also served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (which is mandatory for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18), something that has likewise been made a point of contention.”
The fact that Ted Cruz liked this tweet is enough of a red flag for a lot of people. The Texas politician, notorious for his own right-wing opinions, quote retweeted Gadot with a caption saying: “God bless Gal Gadot”
Violence in the region is intensifying and seemingly not getting any better. #FreePalestine is trending throughout social media and the Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel of “crimes of apartheid and persecution.” We all hope for peace in this situation, but Gal Gadot’s comments were probably better left in her “unsent” folder.