Alicia Keys has received backlash for expressing an interest in paragliding shortly after Hamas launched an attack on an Israeli music festival using the lightweight aircraft.
The Grammy-winning singer took to Instagram on Monday and asked her followers what they would do if they “weren’t afraid of anything” and added, “I’ve had my eyes on paragliding…”
Alicia’s post came days after Hamas militants paraglided into an Israeli music festival and murdered many innocent people earlier this month.
The Fallin’ singer came under fire on social media, with representatives from the organisation StopAntisemitism calling her post a “sick ode to the Hamas terrorists that infiltrated Israel”.
The 42-year-old deleted the post and insisted it was “completely unrelated” to the Israel-Hamas war.
“The post I shared was COMPLETELY unrelated in any way to the recent devastating loss of innocent lives. My heart has been breaking…. I pray for and stand for peace,” she wrote in a statement on her Instagram Stories.
Music manager Guy Oseary, who was born in Israel, came to her defence and claimed Alicia was “horrified” when he told her about the implication behind her post.
“There’s talk of an antisemitic post that my dear friend Alicia Keys had up on her instagram. I can confirm to anyone in my (Jewish) community that needs to hear it: it’s NOT true,” he stated. “There was a specific word in her post that our community at this very painful time find very triggering, but it was absolutely not connected in any way.
“I spoke to Alicia and she was horrified to learn what the word implied and immediately took it down. Alicia has always been a fighter for all human rights. I’ve had a front row seat for over a decade of seeing her positive influence in the world. Her humanitarian work reflects her empathy and her heart.”