Nine children were among the 20 dead in Gaza on Monday and scores of rockets were launched into Israel, many that were intercepted by missile defences. Explosions shook buildings throughout Gaza and rocket sirens sent Israelis in many southern towns scurrying for shelter overnight. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded in airstrikes, Palestinian officials said.
Pakistanis condemned the ongoing atrocities in Gaza and the recent attack on the Al Aqsa mosque. Amid the chaos, few pointed out Pakistan's youngest laureate, Malala Yousufzai's silence on the matter. The 20-year-old then took to Twitter and shared her stance on the attacks by Israel's forces.
"The violence in Jerusalem – especially against children – is unbearable. This long conflict has cost many children their lives and their futures. Leaders must act immediately – there is no peace when children and civilians are not safe," she tweeted.
Soon after Malala's tweet, there was a clear divide on her take. While many lauded the activist for 'speaking up against the ongoing attacks,' others called her out for being hypocritical.
The violence in Jerusalem – especially against children – is unbearable. This long conflict has cost many children their lives and their futures. Leaders must act immediately – there is no peace when children and civilians are not safe. #AlAqsa https://t.co/bLv3XyA1OV— Malala (@Malala) May 10, 2021
Many called her out for a weak statement.
It’s a one sided genocide for decades! Let’s get our facts straight and not fall for this nonsense propaganda of the western media houses!— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) May 10, 2021
It is state sponsored terrorism by Israel against unarmed innocent civilians! https://t.co/J3o8NLBUrZ
My dear @Malala I am very proud of your achievements, but this tweet of yours saddens & disappoints deeply. Please be brave & fix your language. This is a struggle not a conflict. Please refer to the image below for guidelines. pic.twitter.com/aIexGjnA3t— Mahbina (@MahbinaW) May 10, 2021
Say it.— Saad (@BaatBayBaat) May 10, 2021
Say that Palestine are oppressed.
Say that Israel is the oppressor.
Say it otherwise don't say anything at all.
sis it’s not a conflict, it’s ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and violence against innocent people. Your influence is global and using the wrong words could be far more hurtful to the victims than it appears. https://t.co/eENHjbHzrV— Umer (@umerrrkhan_) May 10, 2021
Theres no comflict, its occupation!— Salar Sultanzai (@MeFixerr) May 10, 2021
Theres no violence, its genocide!
There hasnt been peace in Palestine for the last 72 years!
Learn to call out thw tyrants instead of giving a homeopathic statement. https://t.co/gcbzyeUISI
As a teen, she had the courage to call out the Taliban by name. And that is why she commands respect.— Arif Rafiq (@ArifCRafiq) May 10, 2021
As an adult, she seems fearful of mentioning the perpetrators in this context by name. This Malala, filtered by an army of publicists, is not the Malala we knew. https://t.co/X0TJnwmrCG
Others shared how Malala has always been targeted regardless of the topic.
Whack how frustration over the strategic impotence of the Muslim world is directed only towards people you have weird hatred towards and not actual policymakers and leaders.— Qasim (@smqasimahsan) May 10, 2021
Malala is not the problem. Your internal bitterness against her is.— زر حسين (@PoltclCassandra) May 10, 2021
Unaccomplished inconsequential PK men would forever hate Malala & call her a foreign agent when she has never once brought an ounce of shame to the nation while the masters they serve all have embarrassed PK internationally. Sharam ker k dekhein thori si shayad kuch afaqa ho.— 28th rosay tday x (@fay_alif) May 10, 2021
Leave Malala alone!!— Amna Chaudhry (@amnachaudhry03) May 10, 2021
It’s actually horrifying to think that one of our biggest flexes as a country is bullying a young girl since she was 15-years-old just for the crime of being shot in the head by terrorists. Absolute woe to this nation.— Usman (@UsmanAhmad_iam) May 10, 2021
Y'all really chose to attack Malala with everything going on rn...— Hafsa (@wofeministtype) May 11, 2021
World is literally going down the shithole and pakistan is focused on malala. I love this so much we never change— kfc ki biwi🦥 (@mahobili) May 11, 2021
Of the 20 Palestinians killed on Monday, seven, including three children, were family members who died in an explosion in the town of Beit Hanoun.
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