Gal Gadot Is a Zionist, But White Feminists Choose To Not Care

“Zionism” is defined as a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel.” That development of Israel involves the invasion and occupation of the country of Palestine and the killings of innocent Palestinians. A zionist is someone who supports the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, which includes the war crimes committed by the Israelian military.

Gal Gadot is a former soldier for the Israel Defense Forces, and, in 2014, she posted a picture on Facebook, declaring her support for the Israelian military. Although Gadot received backlash for her post, she was still cast as Wonder Woman, a character that symbolizes female empowerment and femininity in the superhero world.

Gadot has been open about serving and supporting the Israeli military, yet many self-proclaimed feminists choose to ignore that. They still see Gadot as an inspiring and empowering woman playing an equally empowering character. They have chosen to ignore the fact that Gadot supports the atrocious war crimes committed against innocent Palestinian civilians. In an ironic twist, however, her shaved armpits in the new Wonder Woman trailer is what angered these “feminists”.

White feminists love to say that they are for all women, while ignoring real issues that impact different women around the world in different ways, while getting angry at extremely minuscule problems.

For years, people in Hollywood who have been openly racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. were still able to get roles, giving them a pass for their bigotry. Much of the reason is that a lot of white feminists decide to ignore bigoted women because they are not directly impacted by those actions or words.

How can you praise the new Wonder Woman movie when she is being played by someone who condones the horrible crimes committed by Israel for years? How can the new Wonder Woman be someone who dedicated a portion of her life to serving in that military, which goes against the character’s values and beliefs?

We cannot keep letting people who support oppression be given roles and platforms in our society. Educate yourself and learn about how women of different races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. are negatively affected around the world. Let go of the idea that only white women or women living in the west face oppression. Stop supporting women who hold bigoted beliefs just because they’re women. Feminism isn’t about supporting all women; it’s about creating equality among all women and men.

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  1. Zionism currently is supporting that the Jews be protected in the state of Israel, Point. Anything else is simply MADE UP. What you did here is to make stuff up. You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. In 2014 IDF protected Israel from Hamas that were hiding behind women and children like cowards (there are plenty proof of that!), while killing Israelis (including women and children) by firing missiles towards Israel. Protecting Israel – that’s what Gal supported, that’s what I support. She specifically supported coexistence and freeing Gaza of Hamas. Same Hamas that was praising Bin Laden after September 11. They are monsters.

    I don’t support the occupation, any occupation. I’m critical against some things that Israel does. And I’m a Zionist.

    P.S.
    It’s not “Israelian” but “Israeli”.

    1. actually, zionism is premised on the notion that jewish safety takes precedence over anyone else’s safety including the arabs whose centuries-long inhabited villages have been razed over so kibbutzes can be built on top of them.

      zionism is just another word for colonialism, is stealing peoples homelands ethnically cleansing them and then denying any crime has been committed.

      israelis are just as guilty of committing mass murder as hamas; just bc hamas did it does not excuse israeli or zionist war crimes. in fact, there is little difference between israeli terrorists and hamas except that israeli terrorists enjoy support and legitimacy from the west.

      when the truth is denied all people suffer.

      zionism/colonialism is a primitive violent oppressive crime against humanity and nothing you say can defend what is morally indefensible.

  2. ^R has made many valid points. Below are some things I would like to add:

    1. A zionist is someone who supports the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, which includes the war crimes committed by the Israelian (sic) military.

    Google “zionist” and you would find that this is most certainly not the definition. From Wikipedia: “Zionism is the national movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel.”

    There is no mention whatsoever of the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel nor support of war crimes. FYI, misusing terms deliberately tends to undermine the validity of the entire article, especially if you’re using this false premise to criticise someone.

    2. White feminists love to say that they are for all women…

    Surely not all white feminists. How about Asian feminists? There might be some Asian feminists who do that too. Don’t be racist.

    3. For years, people in Hollywood who have been openly racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. were still able to get roles, giving them a pass for their bigotry. Much of the reason is that a lot of white feminists decide to ignore bigoted women because they are not directly impacted by those actions or words.

    Giving talented people jobs does not equate to condoning their bigotry. It just means that these “bigots”, as you’ve put it, are profitable and marketable actors/actresses. And firms like to make money. If anything, blame the industry. “White feminists” are not as powerful as you would like to believe.

    4. How can the new Wonder Woman be someone who dedicated a portion of her life to serving in that military, which goes against the character’s values and beliefs?

    Wonder Woman’s primary love interest is Steve Trevor, a “U.S. military intelligence officer in the US Army Air Corps”. The character was never against the military.

    5. Educate yourself and learn about how women of different races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. are negatively affected around the world.

    Preach.

    1. Really? You expect us to search Wikipedia for the definition of Zionism and Israel?
      How about we recommend people open an actual history book? I think youll be dissappointed in what you find. Also there are MANY Jews that would take offense to being lumped in with the blood and land thirsty Zionists. Preach???

      1. yeah how dare Jews live in their homeland.

        The Only Bloodthirsty folks are Hamas and apologists like you.

      2. Good point, Tamms: Wikipedia is of uncertain quality, and Google gives … well, way too much.
        Track down copies of Arthur Hertzberg’s “The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader,” and Shlomo Avineri’s “The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State.”
        Try at a unionized bookshop – http://www.powells.com/

  3. I like how you used the fact that she served in the IDF as an argument, I mean it’s not like there’s a draft in Israeli or anything.

    Try harder.

    Then again, maybe just do some goddamn reading.

    1. Tif is correct. The author needs to look at the records of Israel’s enemies regarding their treatment of women.

  4. “She’s 16 years old no wonder she’s an idiot. I had idiotic views in those days I’m just lucky I didn’t put them in writing.”

  5. The word “Zionism” may indeed be defined in that online dictionary as “a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel,” but there are many other definitions, that overlap with but are distinct from the one the author cited. Zionism is ALSO the – or if you prefer, a – movement of the Jewish people [people as an ethnic/cultural/national entity] for the expression of its self-determination in its ancestral homeland. Zionism, like many national movements, especially those that arose in Europe in the middle of the 19th century, has diverse tendencies, or sub-groups, including left-wing movements and right-wing movements, secular and religious movements, and this diversity is still to be found within the State of Israel’s body-politic, from the many political parties in the country’s parliament – the 120-member Knesset – to the wide range of what in much of the world are called NGOs and in the U.S.A. are called non-profits, as well as the different factions within the still-existing World Zionist Organization.

    It’s deceptive and somewhat inaccurate to say simply that “[t]hat development of Israel involves the invasion and occupation of the country of Palestine and the killings of innocent Palestinians. A zionist is someone who supports the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, which includes the war crimes committed by the Israelian military.”

    Where to start. Not to deny the reality of Palestinian nationalism – why some would accept that this exists and is legitimate but not accept the reality of Jewish nationalism is an interesting question – but there never was a “country of Palestine.” The land known as “Palestine” pretty much overlaps to a great degree as the land known as the Land of Israel.” All or at least much of the land on which the Palestinian people want to create an independent country has been occupied by a succession of other peoples, including – going backwards in time – the Jews, the Jordanians and the Egyptians {the West Bank from 1948-1967,and Gaza from 1948-1967 until Israel unilaterally withdrew relatively recently), the British, the Ottoman Empire, and before that, one or more eras of the Roman Empire and before that I think the Babylonian Empire. Before that, there was an independent Jewish state there known as Israel, although at one point there were two Jewish states there, Israel and Judah.

    At no time was there ever an independent Palestinian state.

    But I say this as someone who supports the idea of an independent, free and viable Palestinian State whose inhabitants live in peace next to an independent and viable State of Israel. That those within the Palestinian world and those within the Jewish world have not been able to secure such a “two-state solution” is terrible, but there is a bit of blame to go all around.

    I suspect that Gadot is simply an Israeli patriot, as are most Israelis. It’s likely that she supports the idea of a two-state solution, as do a good proportion of Israelis (not good enough, but more than some would realize.) Rather than condemn Gadot as this article does, I suggest as an alternative, consider reaching out to one or more of the many NGOs that work day in and day out to promote person-to-person contact between Palestinians – such as those over 80 organizations and projects associated with the Alliance for Middle East Peace: http://www.allmep.org/
    Just a thought.
    And for some information on what Zionism is and isn’t, and the like, written by people critical of but supportive of Israel, track down copies of Arthur Hertzberg’s “The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader,” and Shlomo Avineri’s “The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State.”

  6. There’s no way i can take this article seriously especially when it’s written by a child.

    To say nothing about the ridiculous theories in this biased article.

    *Shakes head*

    1. How was was this biased? Everything she said was true and the fact that you ignore and don’t want to believe that is foolish. And if you can’t take this article seriously because it’s a child, makes you come across as more close-minded than you already were saying that they were “ridiculous theories.” Ridiculous theories my ass.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28439404

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