Boycott ‘Wonder Woman 1984’: A pro-Palestinian viewpoint

December 24, 2020

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Many pro-Palestinians are boycotting the soon-to-be-released ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ because of the controversies surrounding lead actress, Gal Gadot.

Since it was first released in 2017, Wonder Woman has been a symbol for feminism across the globe. On Dec. 25, 2020, its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984 will be available on HBO Max and select theaters. Critics, who viewed the film ten days prior to its release to the public, have been raving about it. But some, including myself, have chosen to opt out of watching it. 

What many people in the United States don’t know is the multiple controversies surrounding the lead actress, Gal Gadot. While her character in the film is anti-war, Gadot is famous for being a proud Israeli and even serving in the IDF (Israel Defense Force).

For many decades, there has been an ongoing conflict between Israel and Lebanon. In 2006, the two countries engaged in a 34-day war known as the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War or the 2006 Lebanon War—which Gadot served in—where around 1,100 Lebanese citizens and around 165 Israeli citizens were killed. A 2017 Lebanese social media campaign named The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon successfully called to ban “Wonder Woman” because of Gadot’s involvement in the army.

The Israel-Palestine conflict, which has been making headlines for years, is an even greater reason why the film is troubling. In the past decade, things have escalated quite a bit in this conflict. And because Israel is a Jewish state and Palestine is a Muslim state, a large number of those boycotting Gadot’s movies are Muslims.

As a pro-Palestinian supporter and Muslim student, I think that it is time to let actors and actresses know that we will hold them accountable for normalizing anti-Palestinian violence. Here’s a little background on the chaotic conflict between Palestine and Israel: After the Holocaust, the few Jews who survived wanted to create a safe haven in a country in the Middle East called Palestine, which is an Arabic-speaking nation. Both nations claim that the land was granted to them thousands of years ago because of the significance of the city Jerusalem. Jerusalem has a lot of religious significance to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Israel ended up gaining control and the settlers forced the Muslims out. The areas that are still being fought over to this day are Gaza and the West Bank—both have a Palestinian majority. The Hamas, a Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist group, currently have control over Gaza, but is under blockade by the Israelis. Over 400,000 Palestinian refugees have fled from the area.

In July 2014, Israel invaded Gaza after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers. They two fired rockets at each other and the number of casualties were devastating. Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed, including 495 children. 72 Israelis were killed, 66 military personnel and 6 citizens.

Gadot’s Facebook post after Israel invaded Gaza brought both criticism and applause. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

How this all relates to the ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ controversy appearrs when Gadot posted this photo on her Facebook page of her and her daughter, Alma, praying. She called the Hamas “cowards who were hiding behind women and children,” “#weareright,” and “#freegazafromhamas.” While some users applauded her and viewed Gadot’s post as a patriotic woman backing her country, I think I can say on behalf of other pro-Palestinians that we viewed it as her supporting the killings of thousands of innocent Palestinians. As one user wrote, “Palestinians are facing an ethnic cleansing ever since the zionist israelis started snatching land! What would you do if your home and everything you had is being taken away constantly?” 

Both this and the Lebanon conflict have made many pro-Palestinians wary to watch “Wonder Woman 1984” and are the reasons many skipped its predecessor, “Wonder Woman.” While Wonder Woman may be a feminism icon and is empowering women across the world, the lead actress may have participated in the deaths of innocent Lebanese citizens and supported an invasion which also killed thousands of innocent civilians. Personally, choosing whether or not to support this movie has tested my morals, especially since the majority of the casualties of these conflicts are fellow Muslims. Either way, based on her previous movie, Wonder Woman, Gadot and Diana Prince are headed straight towards success. 

3 Comments

3 Responses to “Boycott ‘Wonder Woman 1984’: A pro-Palestinian viewpoint”

  1. D. Fault on December 24th, 2020 3:44 pm

    This summary of the Israeli Arab conflict skips over many major points and gives a very skewed history.
    For example: When the UN divided the land into two parts, one Israeli and one Arab, the Arabs invaded in an attempt to destroy Israel. They captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They expelled all the Jews from that area and demolished every synagogue. In 1967 the Arabs again attempted to destroy Israel. This time Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel did not expel the Arabs nor did they destroy any mosques. Any solution at this point was possible, two states, one state, or some other mix. All these solutions had one thing in common, a willingness on the part of the Arabs to live in peace which was completelty rejected by the Arabs.

    Gaza was given total independence by Israel, but instead of using this as an opportunity to live productively and peacefully, the Arabs in Gaza used this as an opportunity to attack Israel continuously.

    As far as 700,000 having fled the area, that’s an invented number and a gross exaggeration.

  2. K. Julius on December 26th, 2020 10:48 am

    Great job writing this piece. This concisely summarizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestine has agreed to a two state solution several times, but Israel continues to uphold apartheid and ethnic cleansing practices. “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Israeli historian Ilan Pappé may interest you. I’m Jewish and the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor who always says, “Once you have been persecuted as a people it makes no sense to hate others.” And he is right, our hardships do not give us a hall pass on committing atrocities against others.

  3. Ethan on December 26th, 2020 11:50 pm

    I get you’re high schoolers, but your explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is overly simplistic and naive at best. At worst it’s just Palestinian propaganda. It honestly sounds like you got all your information from the PLO and just printed it.

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