In the past three weeks, Jewish American actor Michael Rapaport has used his platform to highlight the Jewish perspective globally on the Israel-Hamas war. Through his personal Instagram, he showcases the actions of Hamas against Israeli civilians.
Since the start of the war, Rapaport has been inundated with "Free Palestine" messages and even had his Instagram temporarily disabled. Yet, undeterred by online harassment, he has doubled down on his efforts. For every comment with a Palestinian flag on his page, the actor pledges to donate a dollar to the IDF and has openly shared this commitment.
"Thank you karsin.thy.goat for your response. For each flag, I will be donating $1 in your name to the IDF. Thanks to you, an Israeli soldier just got $17 in new equipment. Mazel Tov," he replied to one of the users.
Rapaport consistently shares pro-Israel content, conveying the hardships faced by Israelis to his 2.2 million followers.
"Are you sure you want to follow Michael Rapaport?" asks Instagram - a social network run by Jewish entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. "This account has repeatedly posted false information that has been reviewed by independent fact-checkers or went against our community guidelines."
Highlighting Hamas's intentions, Rapaport shared a message from Ismail Haniyeh, the current chairman of the Hamas politburo, which reads, "We need the blood of women, children, and the elderly of #Gaza... so as to awaken our revolutionary spirit."
Rapaport vs The Squad
Additionally, in light of the ongoing Middle East tensions, Rapaport has sharply criticized Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, collectively known as "the Squad", accusing them of harboring antisemitic sentiments.
Tlaib and Omar have faced criticism for endorsing a narrative, promoted by Hamas, that alleges an Israeli airstrike caused an explosion in a Gaza hospital, leading to numerous civilian deaths. This incident has ignited international concern, resulting in protests in several countries.
Both the IDF and U.S. intelligence have independently concluded that a misfired rocket from the Islamic Jihad was responsible for the incident, countering the claims made by some individuals.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has drawn attention for her call for an immediate cease-fire following the actions of Hamas, which include the abduction of Israeli and American hostages.
Rapaport made his feelings clear on Instagram. "AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, you fake news f---s! You're just as bad as Muppet-face Marjorie Taylor Greene except I haven't come up with nicknames for you yet!"
His profanity-laden rant continued, "Take down that f---ing bullshit, you f---ing Jew haters. You hate the Jews. You've always hated the Jews. It's been one of your agendas to perpetuate Jew hate. Take down your f---ing fake news tweets. Rescind your f---ing comments, rescind your f---ing fake news statements. You're in government you motherf---ers! The Squad- the biggest f---ing squad of Jew haters the United States government has ever seen. Rescind those f---ing statements you f---ing sick Jew haters you."