On Saturday, the Nationwide Hockey League selected a singer who has referred to as for the destruction of Israel to sing the Nationwide Anthem.
To ensure she received her level throughout, singer Kiana Lede wore a sweater that resembled a keffiyeh, signaling her pro-Palestinian stance.
Lede has been outspoken in her assist for the Palestinians, and final December, she included the genocidal chant “From the river to the ocean” throughout one among her live shows.
SuperStar @KianaLede sings the US nationwide anthem on the #NHLAllStarGame in Toronto on Saturday February 3, 2024 + Kiana singing “From the River to the Sea Palestine Shall be Free” at a unique venue.
— CañadaRecord (@CanadaRecord) February 4, 2024
Because the October 7 Hamas terrorist assault on Israeli civilians, Lede has additionally shared her assist for Palestine on social media.
On December tenth, she shared a photograph of herself on X sporting a keffiyeh with the caption, “Put on it on a regular basis,” together with a Palestinian flag emoji.
Put on it on a regular basis pic.twitter.com/LwUp4NwU04
— Kiana Ledé (@KianaLede) December 10, 2023
The next day, she wrote, “I attempt to dwell my life and construct my profession round rawness, consciousness, empathy, group. That doesn’t cease at my exhibits. So I ask that should you personal a keffiyeh, please put on it. For those who can present any signal that you simply assist the Palestinian folks, do it.”
For many who take concern with Lede’s place, she had a message, “And should you’re a Zionist…be happy to remain your ass at dwelling.”
— Kiana Ledé (@KianaLede) December 11, 2023
The Heart for Israel and Jewish Affairs commented, “A singer who has instructed individuals who assist Israel to remain house is given the pink carpet remedy on the #NHLAllStar recreation. After the IIHF banned #Israel from taking part in in worldwide tournaments, the NHL stepped in and did the appropriate factor to boost vital considerations with the coverage. It’s unlucky earlier than giving her one among their largest platforms of the yr that the NHL didn’t look into her extra. She has a report of divisive and dangerous statements which have solely served to encourage hate in opposition to a big portion of the Jewish group.”
A singer who has instructed individuals who assist Israel to remain house is given the pink carpet remedy on the #NHLAllStar recreation. After the IIHF banned #Israel from taking part in in worldwide tournaments, the NHL stepped in and did the appropriate factor to boost vital considerations with the… https://t.co/KJrtyOtSEm
— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) February 4, 2024
The NHL has not publicly commented on the controversial alternative.