Tweet and delete! Celebs react and retract on the Gaza war

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When celebs take a political stance, the entire world stops and listens - unless you’re Kim Kardashian, they just stop and laugh!

Since the beginning of the latest Gaza war some two weeks ago, many A-List celebrities have turned to social media to voice support for either side, whether that be #FreePalestine or a more generic #FreePalestineAndIsrael.

Famous people’s opinions matter and can sometimes be entertaining as Israeli model Bar Refaeli demonstrated when she tweeted a quote from President Abraham Lincoln about peace, which turned out to be a line from Star Trek. Oops!  Continue reading below »

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When it comes to Palestine-Israel “Nothing Really Matters” for Madonna who would rather go “both countries are at fault” urging both Israel and Gaza to come to a ceasefire. Has her interest in Kaballah, the study of Jewish mysticism, clouded her judgment? Perhaps.
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Image 1 of 16:  1 / 16When it comes to Palestine-Israel “Nothing Really Matters” for Madonna who would rather go “both countries are at fault” urging both Israel and Gaza to come to a ceasefire. Has her interest in Kaballah, the study of Jewish mysticism, clouded her judgment? Perhaps.

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Kim Kardashian should stick to what she knows best: nothing. KK caused a blunder with her last political tweet when she accidentally declared herself #ProAssad. Now she’s ticked off Arabs again with her tweet “praying for everyone in Israel! Praying for everyone in Palestine…as well as across the world!”
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Image 2 of 16:  2 / 16Kim Kardashian should stick to what she knows best: nothing. KK caused a blunder with her last political tweet when she accidentally declared herself #ProAssad. Now she’s ticked off Arabs again with her tweet “praying for everyone in Israel! Praying for everyone in Palestine…as well as across the world!”

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder may look tough on the outside, but he’s a softie at heart. The rocker launched an anti-Israel rant on those who use taxes to “drop bombs on children and take land.” The pro-Palestine singer denounced “those who go across border and take over land that doesn’t belong to them.” Rock on dude!
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Image 3 of 16:  3 / 16Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder may look tough on the outside, but he’s a softie at heart. The rocker launched an anti-Israel rant on those who use taxes to “drop bombs on children and take land.” The pro-Palestine singer denounced “those who go across border and take over land that doesn’t belong to them.” Rock on dude!

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Debra Messing may be Jewish but her religion didn’t stop her from standing for what’s right. The actress was heartbroken over the “madness” - as she calls it - in Gaza and tweeted: “The bodies of four sibling children who were killed in #Gaza today pic.twitter.com/s2V8wc44” I can’t bear this. #stopthemadness.”
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Image 4 of 16:  4 / 16Debra Messing may be Jewish but her religion didn’t stop her from standing for what’s right. The actress was heartbroken over the “madness” - as she calls it - in Gaza and tweeted: “The bodies of four sibling children who were killed in #Gaza today pic.twitter.com/s2V8wc44” I can’t bear this. #stopthemadness.”

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American actor and rapper Omar Epps also spoke out in solidarity with the people of Palestine: “Don’t care what side you’re on, the killing of innocent women & children is heinous & deplorable! #PeaceInTheMidEast”
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Image 5 of 16:  5 / 16American actor and rapper Omar Epps also spoke out in solidarity with the people of Palestine: “Don’t care what side you’re on, the killing of innocent women & children is heinous & deplorable! #PeaceInTheMidEast”

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Actress Holly Robinson Peete is befuddled by the Gaza situation, tweeting: “On way to school kids asking me to explain the Israeli Gaza conflict since I was just in that region in spring… *Takes deep breath*…” Holly continued to tweet, “…wish I could call Bill Clinton for some talking points… #explainingwartokids.”
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Image 6 of 16:  6 / 16Actress Holly Robinson Peete is befuddled by the Gaza situation, tweeting: “On way to school kids asking me to explain the Israeli Gaza conflict since I was just in that region in spring… *Takes deep breath*…” Holly continued to tweet, “…wish I could call Bill Clinton for some talking points… #explainingwartokids.”

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Clearly Bar Refaeli is biased, but has still managed to wish both sides peace: “unfortunately, there is a war going on in my homeland Israel, that has to defend itself from missiles being shot by Hamas on public areas. I pray for the safety of the citizens on both sides and for the day we will live in peace and harmony Amen.”
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Image 7 of 16:  7 / 16Clearly Bar Refaeli is biased, but has still managed to wish both sides peace: “unfortunately, there is a war going on in my homeland Israel, that has to defend itself from missiles being shot by Hamas on public areas. I pray for the safety of the citizens on both sides and for the day we will live in peace and harmony Amen.”

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Real Madrid’s iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €1.5 million to Palestinian children in Gaza. It’s not the first time Ronaldo has given to charity, last year he sold most of his sports shoes at a Real Madrid Foundation auction which was also dedicated to raising funds for schools in Gaza.
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Image 8 of 16:  8 / 16Real Madrid’s iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €1.5 million to Palestinian children in Gaza. It’s not the first time Ronaldo has given to charity, last year he sold most of his sports shoes at a Real Madrid Foundation auction which was also dedicated to raising funds for schools in Gaza.

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Ryan Gosling reposted that infamous picture of Cristiano Ronaldo holding a sign with the Palestinian flag on it with the caption “All for Palestine.” It’s clear whose side the Hollywood actor is on! Kudos to you both!
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Image 9 of 16:  9 / 16Ryan Gosling reposted that infamous picture of Cristiano Ronaldo holding a sign with the Palestinian flag on it with the caption “All for Palestine.” It’s clear whose side the Hollywood actor is on! Kudos to you both!

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Rihanna is either confused, or perhaps stoned? The star joined the Palestine-Israel debate - but only briefly. Her controversial tweet with the #FreePalestine hashtag was deleted within just eight minutes, but not before she received a barrage of replies.
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Image 10 of 16:  10 / 16Rihanna is either confused, or perhaps stoned? The star joined the Palestine-Israel debate - but only briefly. Her controversial tweet with the #FreePalestine hashtag was deleted within just eight minutes, but not before she received a barrage of replies.

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German Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil reportedly gave away his sizeable £350,000 World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza. However, latest rumor have it that Ozil has pulled a Rihanna and denied donating money to Gaza.
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Image 11 of 16:  11 / 16German Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil reportedly gave away his sizeable £350,000 World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza. However, latest rumor have it that Ozil has pulled a Rihanna and denied donating money to Gaza.

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Dwight Howard is yet another celeb to backtrack on the #FreePalestine tweet. The NBA player triggered online counterblast when he expressed solidarity with Palestinians by tweeting #FreePalestine. The Houston Rockets player then apologized for having an opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Does he prefer “rockets” to reconciliation?
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Image 12 of 16:  12 / 16Dwight Howard is yet another celeb to backtrack on the #FreePalestine tweet. The NBA player triggered online counterblast when he expressed solidarity with Palestinians by tweeting #FreePalestine. The Houston Rockets player then apologized for having an opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Does he prefer “rockets” to reconciliation?

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R&B singer Tyrese Gibson asked people 'How You Gonna Act Like That' with a Facebook post on #Gaza calling attention to what’s happening there while the world is enjoying the World Cup.
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Image 13 of 16:  13 / 16R&B singer Tyrese Gibson asked people "How You Gonna Act Like That" with a Facebook post on #Gaza calling attention to what’s happening there while the world is enjoying the World Cup.

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Selena Gomez’s post “It’s About Humanity: Pray for Gaza” on Instagram has sparked an international fan debate. While some fans vowed to unfollow her, others rushed to her defense. However, unlike her older predecessors, 21-year-old Selena did the right thing by not caving in and deleting her post.
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Image 14 of 16:  14 / 16Selena Gomez’s post “It’s About Humanity: Pray for Gaza” on Instagram has sparked an international fan debate. While some fans vowed to unfollow her, others rushed to her defense. However, unlike her older predecessors, 21-year-old Selena did the right thing by not caving in and deleting her post.

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Bill Maher’s bizarrely sexist tweet sparked a bitter backlash. The caustic American comedian, who is himself of Jewish heritage, compared Hamas to ‘a crazy woman trying to kill you. You can only hold her wrists for so long before you have to slap her.’ The only person in need of a slap is YOU, Bill!
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Image 15 of 16:  15 / 16Bill Maher’s bizarrely sexist tweet sparked a bitter backlash. The caustic American comedian, who is himself of Jewish heritage, compared Hamas to ‘a crazy woman trying to kill you. You can only hold her wrists for so long before you have to slap her.’ The only person in need of a slap is YOU, Bill!

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The actor John Cusack tells it how it is! Referring to what’s happening in Gaza, he wrote: “This is truly disturbing - people want to talk war & drones & excuse it with talking points - reality - this is war.”
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Image 16 of 16:  16 / 16The actor John Cusack tells it how it is! Referring to what’s happening in Gaza, he wrote: “This is truly disturbing - people want to talk war & drones & excuse it with talking points - reality - this is war.”

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When it comes to Palestine-Israel “Nothing Really Matters” for Madonna who would rather go “both countries are at fault” urging both Israel and Gaza to come to a ceasefire. Has her interest in Kaballah, the study of Jewish mysticism, clouded her judgment? Perhaps.

Image 1 of 16When it comes to Palestine-Israel “Nothing Really Matters” for Madonna who would rather go “both countries are at fault” urging both Israel and Gaza to come to a ceasefire. Has her interest in Kaballah, the study of Jewish mysticism, clouded her judgment? Perhaps.

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Kim Kardashian should stick to what she knows best: nothing. KK caused a blunder with her last political tweet when she accidentally declared herself #ProAssad. Now she’s ticked off Arabs again with her tweet “praying for everyone in Israel! Praying for everyone in Palestine…as well as across the world!”

Image 2 of 16Kim Kardashian should stick to what she knows best: nothing. KK caused a blunder with her last political tweet when she accidentally declared herself #ProAssad. Now she’s ticked off Arabs again with her tweet “praying for everyone in Israel! Praying for everyone in Palestine…as well as across the world!”

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder may look tough on the outside, but he’s a softie at heart. The rocker launched an anti-Israel rant on those who use taxes to “drop bombs on children and take land.” The pro-Palestine singer denounced “those who go across border and take over land that doesn’t belong to them.” Rock on dude!

Image 3 of 16Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder may look tough on the outside, but he’s a softie at heart. The rocker launched an anti-Israel rant on those who use taxes to “drop bombs on children and take land.” The pro-Palestine singer denounced “those who go across border and take over land that doesn’t belong to them.” Rock on dude!

4

Debra Messing may be Jewish but her religion didn’t stop her from standing for what’s right. The actress was heartbroken over the “madness” - as she calls it - in Gaza and tweeted: “The bodies of four sibling children who were killed in #Gaza today pic.twitter.com/s2V8wc44” I can’t bear this. #stopthemadness.”

Image 4 of 16Debra Messing may be Jewish but her religion didn’t stop her from standing for what’s right. The actress was heartbroken over the “madness” - as she calls it - in Gaza and tweeted: “The bodies of four sibling children who were killed in #Gaza today pic.twitter.com/s2V8wc44” I can’t bear this. #stopthemadness.”

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American actor and rapper Omar Epps also spoke out in solidarity with the people of Palestine: “Don’t care what side you’re on, the killing of innocent women & children is heinous & deplorable! #PeaceInTheMidEast”

Image 5 of 16American actor and rapper Omar Epps also spoke out in solidarity with the people of Palestine: “Don’t care what side you’re on, the killing of innocent women & children is heinous & deplorable! #PeaceInTheMidEast”

6

Actress Holly Robinson Peete is befuddled by the Gaza situation, tweeting: “On way to school kids asking me to explain the Israeli Gaza conflict since I was just in that region in spring… *Takes deep breath*…” Holly continued to tweet, “…wish I could call Bill Clinton for some talking points… #explainingwartokids.”

Image 6 of 16Actress Holly Robinson Peete is befuddled by the Gaza situation, tweeting: “On way to school kids asking me to explain the Israeli Gaza conflict since I was just in that region in spring… *Takes deep breath*…” Holly continued to tweet, “…wish I could call Bill Clinton for some talking points… #explainingwartokids.”

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Clearly Bar Refaeli is biased, but has still managed to wish both sides peace: “unfortunately, there is a war going on in my homeland Israel, that has to defend itself from missiles being shot by Hamas on public areas. I pray for the safety of the citizens on both sides and for the day we will live in peace and harmony Amen.”

Image 7 of 16Clearly Bar Refaeli is biased, but has still managed to wish both sides peace: “unfortunately, there is a war going on in my homeland Israel, that has to defend itself from missiles being shot by Hamas on public areas. I pray for the safety of the citizens on both sides and for the day we will live in peace and harmony Amen.”

8

Real Madrid’s iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €1.5 million to Palestinian children in Gaza. It’s not the first time Ronaldo has given to charity, last year he sold most of his sports shoes at a Real Madrid Foundation auction which was also dedicated to raising funds for schools in Gaza.

Image 8 of 16Real Madrid’s iconic footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €1.5 million to Palestinian children in Gaza. It’s not the first time Ronaldo has given to charity, last year he sold most of his sports shoes at a Real Madrid Foundation auction which was also dedicated to raising funds for schools in Gaza.

9

Ryan Gosling reposted that infamous picture of Cristiano Ronaldo holding a sign with the Palestinian flag on it with the caption “All for Palestine.” It’s clear whose side the Hollywood actor is on! Kudos to you both!

Image 9 of 16Ryan Gosling reposted that infamous picture of Cristiano Ronaldo holding a sign with the Palestinian flag on it with the caption “All for Palestine.” It’s clear whose side the Hollywood actor is on! Kudos to you both!

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Rihanna is either confused, or perhaps stoned? The star joined the Palestine-Israel debate - but only briefly. Her controversial tweet with the #FreePalestine hashtag was deleted within just eight minutes, but not before she received a barrage of replies.

Image 10 of 16Rihanna is either confused, or perhaps stoned? The star joined the Palestine-Israel debate - but only briefly. Her controversial tweet with the #FreePalestine hashtag was deleted within just eight minutes, but not before she received a barrage of replies.

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German Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil reportedly gave away his sizeable £350,000 World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza. However, latest rumor have it that Ozil has pulled a Rihanna and denied donating money to Gaza.

Image 11 of 16German Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil reportedly gave away his sizeable £350,000 World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza. However, latest rumor have it that Ozil has pulled a Rihanna and denied donating money to Gaza.

12

Dwight Howard is yet another celeb to backtrack on the #FreePalestine tweet. The NBA player triggered online counterblast when he expressed solidarity with Palestinians by tweeting #FreePalestine. The Houston Rockets player then apologized for having an opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Does he prefer “rockets” to reconciliation?

Image 12 of 16Dwight Howard is yet another celeb to backtrack on the #FreePalestine tweet. The NBA player triggered online counterblast when he expressed solidarity with Palestinians by tweeting #FreePalestine. The Houston Rockets player then apologized for having an opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Does he prefer “rockets” to reconciliation?

13

R&B singer Tyrese Gibson asked people 'How You Gonna Act Like That' with a Facebook post on #Gaza calling attention to what’s happening there while the world is enjoying the World Cup.

Image 13 of 16R&B singer Tyrese Gibson asked people "How You Gonna Act Like That" with a Facebook post on #Gaza calling attention to what’s happening there while the world is enjoying the World Cup.

14

Selena Gomez’s post “It’s About Humanity: Pray for Gaza” on Instagram has sparked an international fan debate. While some fans vowed to unfollow her, others rushed to her defense. However, unlike her older predecessors, 21-year-old Selena did the right thing by not caving in and deleting her post.

Image 14 of 16Selena Gomez’s post “It’s About Humanity: Pray for Gaza” on Instagram has sparked an international fan debate. While some fans vowed to unfollow her, others rushed to her defense. However, unlike her older predecessors, 21-year-old Selena did the right thing by not caving in and deleting her post.

15

Bill Maher’s bizarrely sexist tweet sparked a bitter backlash. The caustic American comedian, who is himself of Jewish heritage, compared Hamas to ‘a crazy woman trying to kill you. You can only hold her wrists for so long before you have to slap her.’ The only person in need of a slap is YOU, Bill!

Image 15 of 16Bill Maher’s bizarrely sexist tweet sparked a bitter backlash. The caustic American comedian, who is himself of Jewish heritage, compared Hamas to ‘a crazy woman trying to kill you. You can only hold her wrists for so long before you have to slap her.’ The only person in need of a slap is YOU, Bill!

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The actor John Cusack tells it how it is! Referring to what’s happening in Gaza, he wrote: “This is truly disturbing - people want to talk war & drones & excuse it with talking points - reality - this is war.”

Image 16 of 16The actor John Cusack tells it how it is! Referring to what’s happening in Gaza, he wrote: “This is truly disturbing - people want to talk war & drones & excuse it with talking points - reality - this is war.”

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Fans have reacted both negatively and positively to their role models views on the Palestine-Israel conflict, which resulted in some celebs being verbally lambasted, others subjected to the holy grail of disgrace, being unfollowed and then a few being lauded for their opinions.

No matter which side you support, you’ll definitely want to know who is saying what!

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