Dua Lipa has criticised a newspaper ad in which she, along with model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, were called antisemitic for their views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The ad in question appeared in the New York Times yesterday (May 22), bought by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Jewish organisation the World Values Network. The spread claimed that Lipa and the Hadid sisters have “accused Israel of ethnic cleansing” and “vilified the Jewish State”.
An online version of the campaign used even harsher language, accusing the women of spouting “anti-Semitic bile to demonise Jewish people”.
Taking to social media to respond to the advertisement, Lipa said “I utterly reject the false and appalling allegations that were published today in the New York Times advertisement taken out by the World Values Network”.
“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,” she wrote.