Julie Burchill Julie Burchill

The problem with Palestine’s showbiz supporters

Dua Lipa (photo: Getty)

One of the many reasons I hate wokers is because they indulge so shamelessly in what Bebel coined ‘the socialism of fools’ – anti-Semitism – under the convenient cover of sticking up for the Palestinians. Pretty much all socialism is for fools these days and as we see the Tories ditch misogyny, racism and austerity (Chancellor Sunak ‘Soak the rich!’ – Sir Keir Starmer ‘No!’) we have seen anti-Semitism cross the floor too. This is not the sniggering Jew-hatred of the smug Surrey golf club; this is where the pampered and resentful spawn of the bourgeoise get down to the rapper Wiley, MBE, he of the profoundly inclusive tweets like ‘Jews would do anything to ruin a black man’s life’.

Think of the pro-Palestine social media activity of the American models Gigi and Bella Hadid and the British singer Dua Lipa, who dates their brother Anwar Hadid – also a model. The tweets of this pretty posse recently proved too much for The World Values Network, a pro-Israel organisation run by the razzmatazz Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who saw fit to take out a full page advert in the New York Times with photographs of the three young women looking mildly dismayed – as if they’d been served regular rather than almond milk – superimposed on an image of Hamas rockets with the words ‘Bella, Gigi and Dua: Hamas calls for a second Holocaust. CONDEMN THEM NOW.’

Your average Islamic state is so lacking in diversity and inclusivity that it makes Rhodesia look like Narnia.

Miss Lipa was having none of this, declaring on Twitter ‘I utterly reject the false and appalling allegations… falsehoods and blatant misrepresentations of who I am and what I stand for. I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism… I believe that everyone – Jews, Muslims, and Christians – have the right to live in peace as equal citizens of a state they choose.’

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