Muslim L’Oreal model steps down after anti-Israel tweets

Muslim L’Oreal model steps down after anti-Israel tweets
Model Amena Khan resigned from L'Oréal over a series of anti-Israel tweets she posted in 2014. (Image Source: Twitter screenshot)

Days after making headlines as the first hijab-adorned woman to appear in a shampoo commercial, Amena Khan resigned from L’Oréal, citing regret for a series of anti-Israel tweets she made in 2014.

In the now-deleted tweets, Khan called Israel “sinister,” referred to Israelis as “child murderers,” and accused Israel of “terrorizing innocent civilians.”

“Remember: the brutal murder of Palestinians had been occurring MANY years before the formation of Hamas. Israel’s excuses are blatant lies,” Khan wrote in one of the tweets.

She even directly tweeted former British Prime Minister David Cameron: “You’re complicit in the supplying of weapons to a terrorist state. You offered ‘staunch support’ of genocide.”

“U repeatedly say ‘nobody is above the law.’ Well, under international law, Israel is an illegal state,” Khan added.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Khan blamed Israel as the sole reason for the strife that has disrupted the Middle East.

“Israel is a sinister state & the ones who suffer most are innocent children,” Khan said in one of the tweets.

In another, she wrote, “Israel = Pharoah. Both are child murderers. Insha’Allah, defeat also awaits the former; it’s only a matter of time.”

How did Khan respond?

“I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014, and sincerely apologize for the upset and hurt that they have caused,” Kahn posted in a tweet Monday. “Championing diversity is one of my passions, I don’t discriminate against anyone. I have chosen to delete them as they do not represent the message of harmony that I stand for.”

In a news release, a L’Oreal spokesperson said:

We have recently been made aware of a series of tweets posted in 2014 by Amena Kahn, who was featured in a UK advertising campaign.

We appreciate that Amena has since apologised for the content of these tweets and the offence they have caused.

L’Oreal Paris is committed to tolerance and respect towards all people. We agree with her decision to step down from the campaign.

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