Halsey and Rihanna have been criticized for wading through the conflict between Israel and Palestine on social media.
The pop stars offered their take on the ongoing war between the two nations, which boiled again over the weekend after a series of attacks.
Halsey wrote on Twitter: “It is not ‘too hard to understand’ that brown children are being murdered + people are being displaced under the occupation of one of the most powerful armies in the world. willful ignorance of confusing these simple horrors with religion + geopolitics. “
The singer was criticized for the tweet and returned to social media to clarify her comments.
“My tweet is for my peers / White Americans who don’t care about the Middle East crises because they don’t care what happens to POCs (people of color), and can afford to act as such by writing it as ‘too complicated. I’m sorry I didn’t specify the target of the tweet!’ she said.
Meanwhile, Rihanna shared that her heart was broken over the deaths of innocent children and she called for a resolution.
“My heart breaks with the violence I see displayed between Israel and Palestine!” the singer wrote on Instagram. “I can’t (sic) see it! Innocent Israeli and Palestinian children are hiding in bomb shelters, over 40 lives lost in Gaza alone, at least 13 of whom were also innocent children!
“There must be some sort of resolution! We are sadly watching innocent people fall victim to notions perpetuated by the government and extremists, and this cycle must be broken!”
She has been criticized for taking a “neutral stance,” with one commentator saying, “No @rihanna, if you are on the side of humanity, you are on the side of Palestine.”
Israeli actress Gal Gadot also sparked backlash earlier this week after addressing the latest conflict on social media.
“Israel deserves to live as a free and secure nation,” she wrote. “Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families. I pray that this unimaginable hostility will end, I pray that our leaders find the solution so that we can live side by side in peace. I pray for better days. “
Journalist Tamoor Hussain was among his critics, writing: “Denying the Palestinians even an ounce of compassion by refusing to recognize and suffer them is a common tactic employed by their oppressors.”