Social media spats and press feuds between pro- and anti-Israel celebrities are common. Many of the most prominent celebrity Palestine supporters have had public arguments, written open letters addressed to other celebrities, and even traded insults. Some have even retracted their support based on the backlash they've faced.
Here are a number of prominent pro-Palestine celebrities.
In 2014, the singer tweeted and quickly deleted #FreePalestine - causing a furor among fans and political figures. She claimed that she was reading about the Middle East and clicked something she didn't know was a link. After eight minutes, she replaced the post with a picture of Jewish and Middle Eastern boys embracing.
Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist, Singer
Credits: The Hangover, Wreck-It Ralph, 21, I Love You, Man
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The former Daily Show host came down on the side of Palestine in the bulk of his coverage of various events there, particularly the Israeli military action in 2009. He joked that the only thing both American political parties agreed on was supporting Israel bombing Gaza, and later flat out asked Hillary Clinton "Can we at least agree the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is overwhelming and that the world must do more for that people who are trapped by this conflict?"
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
Credits: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards, The 80th Annual Academy Awards
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Rowling has spoken of both her opposition to Israel's treatment of Palestine, and against a boycott of Israel itself. She posted a long Facebook statement in 2015, saying, among other things:
"The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the Israeli government held to account for that injustice and brutality. Boycotting Israel on every possible front has its allure… What sits uncomfortably with me is that severing contact with Israel’s cultural and academic community means refusing to engage with some of the Israelis who are most pro-Palestinian, and most critical of Israel’s government,”
Birthplace: Yate, United Kingdom
Profession: Novelist, Film Producer, Author, Writer
Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Howard is another of many celebrities who have tweeted #FreePalestine - but the basketball star deleted it almost right away. He came under fire from both pro-Israel fans and Palestine supporters who called him a coward.
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Basketball player
Credits: Just Wright, The Three Stooges, 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Free Birds
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