Is Gal Gadot a White Zionist Feminist?

Jun 6th, 2017 | By Editor | Category: Featured article, Islamic world, U.S.

As I got ready to watch the much-anticipated Wonder Woman movie, someone close to me asked me what I think about the claims that Gal Gadot is White Zionist Feminist.

Ok, so I read the article. Here are my thoughts on it.
  1. Everyone has their own political views, religious affiliations, causes to support. I agree with some, disagree with others. Movie stars often use their platfom or celebrity status to push their causes or political views. I think that’s totally acceptable. I would too. For years, I disdained Madonna because she did NOT push any cause of ideology - she just conveniently reaped the profits of fame. I like when people stand for something - even when I disagree with them.“I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” (which, as it turns out, Voltaire did NOT say.)
  2. I think that one should reach very differently when a movie itself makes ideological points (such as “Frozen” being a gay movie - “Yay!” say queer folk; “Grump!” say the Alt-Right-Nazis) - and when an actor in the movie has a political or ideological stance in real life.
  3. I think that we much evaluate people’s views and convictions within the context of those people’s lives. Gal Gadot is a proud Israeli, and she stands by the decisions of her country. Judging her for that would be like judging an American for supporting the Iraq war. (I like it when humans can rise above provincial thought, but what I’m saying is, I understand the sentiment.)
  4. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has many, many nuances, many layers. To pretend to understand it is presumptuous. Yes, it’s horrible that people are dying. But there are truths on both sides, and there are agendas on both sides, and there are third-parties instigating the conflict on both sides.
  5. Using “Zionist” as a negative is over-simplification. A Zionist is anyone who believes the Jewish people deserve their own nation. Generally speaking, the Zionist Left is more willing to negotiate with Arab counterparts. Generally speaking, the Zionist Right is less likely to budge, and more leaning toward military solutions. And there are as many opinions on the conflict as there are Israelis. We in the US are also deeply divided on most issues - it’s no longer enough to say someone is “an American” - nowadays it’s worthwhile to add “an American Liberal,” in contrast to “an American Conservative” or even “a pro-Trump American.”
  6. Judging the whole of a person because of one social media post is a bit rough;
  7. The one post by Gal Gadot that bloggers are up-in-arms about is a photo of Gal Gadot, along with her daughter, praying. The caption reads “I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israel citizens. Especially to all those boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country agasint the horrific acts conducted byh Hamas, who are hiding like cowards begind woman and children… We shall overcome!!! Shabat Shalom #wereright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistence #iloveidf”

    Who would fault an American celebrity for standing by our troops?

  8. I’d like to point out that Gal Gadot did not make pronouncements about Gaza. She did not weighin about a one-state or a two-state solution, the 1948 war, about Ben Gurion’s One-Million plan, about the utter impracticality of the 1947 United Nations proposed partition, about the root causes of the conflict, about the Palestinian Authority’s many fruitless efforts to bring Hamas to the table for a ceasefire and Hamas’ rejection of Abbas’ deadlines in 200620082015. She just said she supports the Israeli troops. Considering Gal Gadot is an Israeli Army veteran, this is not surprising or indeed, that controversial at all.
  9. I’d also like to point out that Gal included #coexistence as a hashtag.

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