Israeli actress Gal Gadot is facing criticism following reports of her involvement in organizing a screening of a 47-minute film on the surprise attack of Hamas on October 7.
The film, titled “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre,” provided by the Israeli Defence Forces, is set to be shown to a select audience, including celebrities and influential personalities.
The video’s planned screenings in Los Angeles and New York have stirred controversy, with some expressing concern over the content and the portrayal of events.
According to reports, more than 1,400 people have been killed and 240 held hostage in Gaza during the month-long conflict. The Gaza death toll, claimed by the Hamas-run health ministry, has reportedly surpassed 10,000, primarily civilians.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv, who played a key role in bringing the movie to the United States, emphasized the importance of showcasing the footage, stating, “As a filmmaker, I swore that these images of October 7 would not be forgotten, and the world would see them.”
While Gal Gadot has not released a statement on the matter, she is facing backlash on social media for not addressing the Palestinian death toll and the challenges faced by those living in Gaza. Some users criticized her, with one stating, “Gal Gadot, the propaganda girl of Israel-sponsored terrorism,” while another remarked, “Gal Gadot went from ‘Imagine’ to ‘Genocide’ pretty quick.”
Calls for a boycott of the screening and criticism of celebrities attending the event have also emerged online. The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee are reportedly assisting in planning the screenings.
The controversy surrounding Gadot’s involvement has sparked a heated online debate about the portrayal of the conflict and the role of celebrities in such sensitive matters. Gaza is receiving widespread support on social media as well as internationally with massive demonstrations being organized across the world.