Dua Lipa criticises ad claiming her views on Israeli-Palestinian conflict are antisemitic 2 months ago

Dua Lipa criticises ad claiming her views on Israeli-Palestinian conflict are antisemitic

The ad appeared in the New York Times on Saturday.

Dua Lipa has criticised a newspaper advert that said the singer, along with models Gigi and Bella Hadid, had "vilified the Jewish State."

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The spread in the New York Times was bought by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Jewish organisation the World Values Network and also claimed that the trio has "accused Israel of ethnic cleansing."

NME reports that an online version of the campaign went even further, claiming that the three women spouted "anti-Semitic bile to demonise Jewish people."

Dua Lipa has responded to the ad, and in a statement on social media said that she "utterly rejects the false and appalling allegations that were published."

She continued: "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.

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"I take this stance because I believe 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."

Dua Lipa has been vocal in her support for Palestine and its population since violence flared up between itself and neighbours Israel in recent weeks.

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The two sides had been exchanging rocket fire and aerial bombardment for 10 days, before a ceasefire was agreed on May 21. The violence left more than 250 dead and hundreds more wounded, with the vast majority of these casualties being Palestinians.