Hatred of Israel Is In (Teen) Vogue
In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend in the fashion & beauty industry – including magazines (besides all their other disturbing trends!) – to promote Israel haters and antisemites as role models. For instance, last year, Elle Magazine defended Linda Sarsour, painting her critics as “Islamophobic.” The year before, the likes of Allure and Cosmo promoted MissMuslim, a site run by an antisemite called Nihal Al-Qawasmi. And a few months ago, both Revlon and L’Oreal ran campaigns featuring staunch Israel haters.
And now the latest: Teen Vogue has published a piece entitled Fighting for Palestine Is Never Easy — Even With Privilege Like Mine.
In many ways, Ahed has become a symbol for Palestinian resistance: Soldiers tried to stand ground on her family’s property, but she wouldn’t let them. Multiple relatives have been arrested (for reasons unknown), and yet she and her family refuse to back down. Ahed embodies the biggest mantra of Palestinian livelihood, which is, “to exist is to resist.” While we may no longer have a physical manifestation of a place to call home, it hasn’t deterred the eternal hope that we will one day return. In existing every day as Palestinians, we’re resisting the oppression that drove us from our country in the first place.
Not surprisingly, this piece has its fans.
The author of this piece, Rawan Eewshah, was until recently the senior social editor at Allure Magazine. Her hatred of Israel is so palpable that she referred to Gal Gadot as a “child murderer”
And there’s the usual Israel hater talking points
I think a big part of this is that people still don’t know how to differentiate between anti-Israel and anti-semitism. https://t.co/qEn0kqt6sV
— Rawan (@rawan) January 23, 2018
I find it truly worrying that a fashion magazine aimed at teenage girls would give air to Rawan Eewshah and her hatred of Israel, especially without showing the other side. They are doing more than normalizing hatred of Israel – they are making it more fashionable.