by Sean Smith
Pop star Selena Gomez faced some heavy criticism over the weekend after she posted a message on instagram regarding the ongoing crisis in Gaza. If you aren’t aware, Israel launched a ground invasion into Gaza last Thursday in what the Israelis claim to be in response to rockets being launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The fighting in Gaza has been brutal and has lead to the death of over 600 Palestinians, and at least 27 Israeli soldiers so far.
Gomez’s Instagram post over the weekend seemed to be spotlighting the cost to human life that this crisis has had thus far. Her post was a picture of the words “It’s About Humanity. Pray For Gaza.” She captioned the picture with the message, “Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what’s important in life. It’s not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration” However, the post would quickly come under fire from supporters of Israel who quickly pounced on the post claiming that the message seemed to support the Palestinian side of the conflict. Gomez soon responded by posting another Instagram message saying “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!” We here at Clizbeats would also like to say that we also are praying for the peaceful resolution between Israel and Palestine, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their lives in this conflict from both sides.
On a much lighter note, today Selena Gomez turned 22 and celebrated her big day in St. Tropez, France. She also received a special message from her pal, and coincidently enough “22” singer Taylor Swift. Swift took to Instagram to post a selfie of her holding up a gold “S” pendant necklace with the caption “Usually this S represents ‘Swift’ but today I’m wearing it because SELENA IS 22!!!!” So from all of us here at Clizbeats, Happy Birthday Selena!