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Gal Gadot posted a statement about the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestinian groups.
Shortly after, she disabled comments under the statement due to criticism.
Gadot was born in Israel and served in the Israeli defense force before becoming an actor.
"Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot disabled the comments underneath a social media post on Wednesday that called for an end to the "vicious cycle" between Israel and Palestine.
Gadot, 36, who was born in Israel, is part of the growing number of celebrities, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, to speak about the ongoing airstrikes between Israel and Palestinian groups.
Posting a statement on Twitter, Gadot said her "heart breaks" and she fears for the safety of her family and friends as her "country is at war."
"This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same," the statement read.
"I pray for the victims and their families. I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we can live side by side in peace. I pray for better days."
Gadot's statement was quickly criticized by many who objected to the terminology she used to frame the current violence. The comments directly under the post have been disabled, but many people continue to quote tweet the statement resharing it with comments to their own followers.
One quote tweet read: "Your country is not at war, @GalGadot. Your country is perpetrating war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid. There are no 'both sides'. There is only the violent, murderous settler-colonialism of Israel."
Writer and activist Aaron Vallely wrote: "Gal Gadot's statement is far worse than that tone-deaf imagine video from last year. 'Free and Safe.' The same state that is perpetrating military occupation, land theft, and ethnic cleansing against the people of Palestine. #FreePalestine."
And Journalist Ben Norton noted that Gadot served within the Israeli defense force, its domestic military, before becoming an actor.
Still, other Twitter users were quick to point out that Israeli military service is mandatory for all citizens, including women, above the age of 18.
"The internet is angry at Gal Gadot because she's an IDF veteran, which all Israelis are required to serve in for at least two years, and had the audacity to share a heartwarming message for peace in the conflict," Greg Price, a social media associate at the conservative-leaning publication, The Daily Caller, wrote.
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also seemingly lent his support to Gadot via the social media platform. He simply wrote, "God bless @GalGadot."
The current violence between Israelis and Palestinians is the worst in the region since the 50-day war in 2014 with casualties rising over the final weekend of Ramadan, the holy month of Islam.
On Tuesday evening, an Israeli airstrike hit a 13-story residential tower in the Gaza strip, which collapsed. In response, Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets toward Tel Aviv, one of which hit an empty bus.
On Wednesday, models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are half Palestinian and half Dutch, also made several posts about the ongoing violence.
"If you don't think this is wrong, regardless of who you are and where you come from, there is a problem with how you see humanity and Palestinians. This is on you. Not them," Bella wrote in a caption alongside a picture, created by a pro-Palestinian account, Key48Return.
"I stand with my Palestinian brothers and sisters, I will protect and support you as best as I can. I LOVE YOU."
While many of Bella's commenters supported her post and thanked her for sharing, others did not and noted it was "wildly biased."
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