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Hijab model pulls out of L'Oreal campaign over anti-Israel tweets
In 2014, British model Amena Khan called Israel a 'sinister,' 'terrorist' and 'illegal' state, accused it of 'Torture. Murder. Rape. Genocide' and expressed hope it would be defeated; 'I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014 and sincerely apologize,' she says after puling out of campaign
British model Amena Khan, who had been chosen by L'Oreal to appear in an advertising campaign in Britain, has pulled out over accusations she made anti-Israeli comments in a series of old tweets.

 

 

The French cosmetics giant last week selected her to be the first woman in a hijab for a mainstream shampoo campaign.

 

Khan's messages, posted on Twitter in 2014, have since been deleted. Among other things, Khan called Israel an "illegal," "sinister" and "terrorist" state, accused it of "Torture. Murder. Rape. Genocide," and expressed hope Israel would be defeated. She also said Israelis were "child murderers," and that even Orthodox Jews condemn Israel's actions.

 

Amena Khan
Amena Khan

 

"I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014, and sincerely apologize for the upset and hurt that they have caused," she said on Twitter on Monday.

 

"With deep regret, I've decided to step down from this campaign because the current conversations surrounding it detract from the positive and inclusive sentiment that it set out to deliver."

 

L'Oreal group, contacted by AFP, said it "approved" her decision.

 

"We appreciate the fact that Amena has apologized for the content of her tweets and for the reactions they may have aroused," it said.

 

Amena Khan
Amena Khan

 

It is not the first time a L'Oreal advertising campaign to promote diversity has foundered because of controversial social media comments by a model.

 

Last summer the group dropped British black transgender model Munroe Bergdorf over Facebook comments she made accusing all whites of racial violence.

 


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