AceShowbiz - Angelina Jolie has found herself in hot water over her controversial statement. Shortly after breaking her silence on Israel-Hamas conflict, the "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" actress was met with criticisms by social media users, including one who told her to "educate" herself.
On Sunday, October 29, the 48-year-old Oscar-winning actress was bombarded with backlash via Instagram after voicing her opinions on an ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In the comments section of her post, one Instagram user criticized, "YOU KNOW THE TRUTH YET YOU ARE SIDING THEM? Educate yourself! Read the history! You're supposed to be an example to all of us..really disappointed with your stand."
Similarly, another chimed in, "Innocent children are dying everyday, it's a GENOCIDE in Palestine and the world is still watching !! What have children did wrong to be killed like that ?? To stand with Palestine is to stand with HUMANITY." A third penned, "We don't respect any neutral statements! Neutral statements are inhumane. You particularly disappointed your Arab fans, Angelina! You failed us and you failed humanity. I wish you remained mute."
In the post itself, Angelina wrote, "Like millions around the world I have spent the last weeks sick and angry at the terrorist attack in Israel, the death of so many innocent civilians, and wondering how best to help. I too am praying for the immediate, safe return of every hostage, and for the families who carry the unimaginable pain of a murder of a loved one. Above all, the children murdered, and the many children now orphaned."
"What happened in Israel is an act of terror," she went on to write. "But that cannot justify the innocent lives lost in bombing a civilian population in Gaza that has nowhere to go, no access to food or water, no possibility of evacuation, and not even the basic human right to cross a border or seek refuge. Because of my work with refugees for 20 years, my focus is on the people displaced by violence in any context."
"Gaza has a population of over 2 million people (half of them children), who have lived under a severe blockade for nearly two decades, on top of decades of displacement and statelessness," Angelina further described. "The few aid trucks that are entering are a fraction of what is needed (and was delivered daily before the present conflict), and the bombings are causing desperate new humanitarian needs daily."
"The denial of aid, fuel and water is collectively punishing a people. Humanity demands an immediate ceasefire. Palestinian and Israeli lives - and the lives of all people globally - matter equally," she additionally pointed out. She concluded, "Anything that can prevent civilian casualties and save lives must be done. Like many others I have donated to medical relief efforts," which is "Doctors Without Borders."
Israel and Hamas have been in a war following Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7. Since then, at least 8,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to Gaza's health ministry, as of Sunday, October 29. The victims are mostly women and minors. In addition, more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed since the incident.