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Dua Lipa Calls on World to Stop 'Israeli Genocide' in Gaza

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May 28, 2024

Following Israel’s attack on Rafah, where over 40 civilians were killed and hundreds injured, Dua Lipa demands a permanent ceasefire and global support for Gaza.

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response to Israel’s latest attack on Rafah, which killed over 40 civilians, left a baby decapitated, and injured hundreds of others, Dua Lipa has reiterated her call for a permanent ceasefire.

On Tuesday (May 28), the pop star took to Instagram to share an Artists for Ceasefire graphic, accompanied by the hashtag “#AllEyesOnRafah” and a poignant message: “Burning children alive can never be justified.”

Lipa also added, “The whole world is mobilising to stop the Israeli genocide. Please show your solidarity with Gaza.”

Her appeal follows the recent surge in Israeli airstrikes and shelling in Rafah. Among the casualties were over 40 civilians, including a baby who was decapitated, and hundreds of injured individuals. Many of those affected had already been displaced due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, which, according to The Associated Press, has resulted in over 36,000 Palestinian deaths since October.

On Sunday, additional airstrikes led to a devastating fire in a refugee camp, causing more deaths among displaced Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to this as a “tragic mishap.” Israeli officials claim that their military actions in Rafah are crucial for pressuring Hamas to return hostages taken during the October 7 attacks, which initiated the prolonged conflict.

Dua Lipa’s advocacy for Palestinians has been consistent throughout the conflict. Following the October 7 attacks, she was among several celebrities who signed an Artists for Ceasefire open letter urging President Joe Biden to seek peace in Gaza. In her January cover story for Rolling Stone, Lipa discussed her personal connection to war and displacement.

Reflecting on her Albanian heritage and her parents’ flight from war to London, Lipa told Rolling Stone, “My existence is kind of political, the fact that I lived in London because my parents left from the war. I feel for people who have to leave their home. From my experience of being in Kosovo and understanding what war does, no one really wants to leave their home. They do it for protection, to save their family, to look after the people around them, that kind of thing, for a better life. So I feel close to it.”

She added, “My feelings on displaced people [are] very real and raw. It is a difficult subject to speak about because it’s so divisive.”

Dua Lipa's continued engagement highlights her deep empathy and commitment to advocating for peace and justice in Gaza.

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