Pop star Billie Eilish provoked a wave of angry criticism on social media after posting a short video online promoting her new album to Israeli fans.
The video was one of several that Eilish posted to fans in different countries.
Pro-Palestinian social media users appeared to criticize Eilish for recognizing Israel as a state.
@billieeilish its “occupied palestinian land” not israel
— 🇵🇸Ahmed Nour🇵🇸 (@yofavgoalkeeper) July 31, 2021
Others used the opportunity to criticize Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.
“hi israel im billie eilish and i’m blah blah blah” well hi tf billie eilish i’m a palestinian that doesn’t have the right to see my country again and if i go there i’d live in fear of being bombed or killed. think before you speak @billieeilish #billie #Palestine
— dania 🇵🇸 (@dania_alzain) July 31, 2021
Me, a long time Billie Eilish fan and supporter of Palestinian liberation, seeing her make a video saying “Hi Israel!” and proceeding to promote her new album to her Israeli audience pic.twitter.com/IchQXAK4GT
— James Ray ☭ (@MakeItRayn_) July 31, 2021
“Happier Than Ever,” the 19-year-old’s second album, was one of the most anticipated pop releases of the year.
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