In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, pop sensation Dua Lipa took a courageous stand on the Israel-Hamas conflict, urging for a “humanitarian cease-fire” and emphasizing the need for deeper conversations about war and oppression.
.@DUALIPA on her support of a cease-fire to the Israel-Hamas war:
“I feel so bad for every Israeli life lost and what happened on Oct. 7. At the moment, what we have to look at is how many lives have been lost in Gaza, and the innocent civilians.”
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The singer expressed her concern, stating, “I think there’s no kind of deep discussion about war and oppression. It just is something that we’ve seen happen time and time again.” Dua Lipa acknowledged that while being a musician and posting about such issues might not feel like it’s making a significant difference, showing solidarity is an essential step.
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Lipa didn’t shy away from acknowledging the human toll on both sides, particularly expressing empathy for the lives lost in Israel due to the Hamas attacks. She joined other celebrities, including Cate Blanchett and Joaquin Phoenix, in signing an open letter urging President Biden to push for de-escalation and a ceasefire. The singer stressed the urgency for world leaders to address the humanitarian crisis and bring an end to hostilities.
The interview also touched on a 2021 incident where Lipa faced accusations of antisemitism for supporting Palestinian liberation. Lipa firmly condemned the allegations and the publication of a full-page ad in The New York Times. During that time, she reiterated her stance against all forms of racism and expressed the pain caused by the challenge to her core values.
Lipa acknowledged the surprise her critics might feel, noting that some may not expect pop stars to engage in political discussions. Despite the potential backlash, she emphasized her commitment to speaking up on contentious issues, asserting, “I think it’s a thing of what people want from their pop stars. They don’t want you to be political.”
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