What’s happening in Israel is not a conflict or a war, but oppression, ethnic cleansing and terrorism at the cost of unarmed, innocent lives and Pakistani stars Gohar Rasheed and Osman Khalid Butt made sure to remind Israeli actor Gal Gadot of that.
In a post on social media, DC’s Wonder Woman announced that her country was at war, praying that leaders could find a solution, and saying that “Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation, and our neighbours deserve the same.” This angered many who created an uproar on Twitter pointing out her ignorance.
Actors Rasheed and Butt were also angered and took to social media to correct her.
“Gal Gadot, your country is not at war, It has created a war,” the Ishqiya star pointed out. “No patriotism is bigger than innocent people’s lives and humanity and if you can’t be mindful of that being an Israeli, then it’s very evident where the problem lies. Hope you realise it soon,” he added.
Butt, on the other hand, was quite furious and wasn’t going to waste his time making a grown woman realise what was happening around her was one-sided tyranny.
“Read the room, and a f’ng newspaper,” he slammed.
The ongoing crisis, and the discussions around it, have reminded us that a big part of addressing and resolving conflicts is how we view them. It is crucial to present facts and narrate issues as they are, instead of sugarcoating words to fit a socio-cultural and political narrative.
Gadot is not the only one supporting Israeli and its human rights violations. Previously, Kangana Ranaut too chose to be pro war-mongering in a series of Islamophobic tweets.
Singer Rihanna chose to stay neutral and ignorant as her message of peace neither addressed the inequality of suffering between the two sides; nor the fact that Israeli forces are currently armed to the teeth, with cutting edge military technology, while Palestinian bombs are just rocks and stones, falling clumsily after striking Israeli tanks.
It is certainly not a war, and the suffering is certainly not equal.