Malala Yousafzai clarifies her stance on Gaza amidst backlash

Malala Yousafzai has taken to her social media to clarify her position on supporting the people of Gaza. Following widespread criticism worldwide for her collaboration with Hillary Clinton in producing the Nobel Prize laureate’s Broadway premiere, Malala has issued an official statement.

“I wanted to speak today because I want there to be no confusion about my support for the people of Gaza,” wrote the young activist. “We have all watched the relentless atrocities against Palestinian people for more than six months now with anger and despair. This week’s news of mass graves discovered at Gaza’s Nasser and al-Shifa hospitals is yet another reminder of the horrors Palestinians are facing.”

“It is hard enough to watch from afar — l don’t know how Palestinians bear it in their bones,” she continued. “We do not need to see more dead bodies, bombed schools and starving children to understand that a ceasefire is urgent and necessary.”

Here is the statement Malala released:

“I have and will continue to condemn the Israeli government for its violations of international law and war crimes, and I applaud efforts by those determined to hold them to account. Publicly and privately, I will keep calling on world leaders to push for a ceasefire and to ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid.”

“I stand against any form of violence against innocent civilians, including the taking of prisoners and hostages,” Malala further added. “And I stand in solidarity with the people in Gaza whose voices and demands must be heard. When we see alarming signs of genocide, we cannot wait to take decisive action. We must work together to urge our leaders to stop these war crimes and hold perpetrators to account.”

The statement was made because people online criticized Malala, calling her a “sell-out.” Her supporters were disappointed because they believed teaming up with Hillary showed she cared more about becoming famous than supporting her community.

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