The Crown’s Khalid Abdalla – who plays Princess Diana’s tragic lover Dodi – issues political statement by writing ‘Ceasefire NOW’ on his hand at the series six premiere in LA amid Israel-Hamas war
Khalid Abdalla issued a political statement on Sunday as he wrote ‘Ceasefire NOW’ on his hand in black marker at the LA premiere of The Crown series six.
The actor, 42, who plays Princess Diana’s late boyfriend Dodi Fayed in the Netflix show, called for a ceasefire as the Israel-Hamas war rages on.
Abdalla joined Elizabeth Debicki (Diana), Rufus Kampa (William) and Fflyn Edwards (Harry) at the screening held at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre, ahead of the new season’s release on November 16.
As he posed for snaps with his co-star Debicki, Abdalla revealed bold writing on his hand in black marker pen.
He held up his hand to the cameras, where he had written ‘Ceasefire NOW’.
Bold statement: Khalid Abdalla issued a political statement on Sunday as he wrote ‘Ceasefire NOW’ on his hand in black marker at the LA premiere of T he Crown series six
Clear message: The actor, 42, who plays Dodi Fayed in the Netflix show, wrote ‘Ceasefire NOW’ on his hand in black marker pen
Social media: Khalid has frequently used the hashtag #CeasefireNow online and has signed a letter in support of a ceasefire
As he was: Khalid, pictured left at the premiere, plays Egyptian filmmaker Dodi Fayed, pictured right in 1997, just days before he was tragically killed
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Because all lives are sacred. Because I believe in the power of the human heart.
‘Because we need to be clear and open and do everything we can for a better world. #CeasefireNow.’
It is a hashtag he has used previously, writing on Remembrance Sunday alongside a picture of Pro-Palestine marchers: ‘I am so proud of London for not succumbing to all the intimidation and showing what a love march for our common humanity looks like on Armistice Day. #CeasefireNOW.’
Abdalla plays Princess Diana’s romantic partner, Dodi Fayed – an Egyptian film producer and son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Princess Diana and Dodi tragically died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The actor looked handsome in a black suit with a white shirt underneath.
Khalid has previously signed a letter demanding a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza with the Artists for Palestine UK, alongside the likes of Tilda Swinton, Miriam Margolyes and Steve Coogan.
The more than 4,000 artists said: ‘Our governments are not only tolerating war crimes but aiding and abetting them.’
Co-star: Khalid with Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in the Netflix show
On screen: Princess Diana and Dodi tragically died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997
Chaos: Khalid tweeted his support of Pro-Palestine marches over the weekend on Armistice Day
A look back at history: The last season will cover Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed’s relationship
They went on to condemn ‘every act of violence against civilians and every infringement of international law whoever perpetrates them.’
A similar letter from US celebs to Joe Biden included signatures from Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett.
It follows Pro-Palestine rallies held over the weekend, causing chaos on Armistice Day on November 11.
Suella Braverman – who was this morning sacked as Home Secretary – caused controversy after her bombshell comments accusing police of ‘playing favourites’ ahead of the 300,000-strong protest through central London’s streets calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Critics blamed the Cabinet minister for inflaming the situation by branding the pro-Palestinian protest a ‘hate march’.
However, supporters insist she was proven right by the violence.
Hamas’s barbaric attack on October 7 killed around 1,200 people in Israel, and more than 200 are still being held hostage in Gaza.
Around the world, thousands of people have taken to the streets in protests to demand a ceasefire in Palestine, but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said this won’t happen until all hostages are released.
Big event: The actor made the political statement at the LA premiere of The Crown’s final season
Sweet: Elizabeth Debicki was joined by her on-screen sons, Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards, at the Los Angeles premiere of The Crown, season 6
As of Sunday, Hamas has released just four of the prisoners, including American nationals Natalie Shoshana Raanan, 17, and her mother Judith Tai Raanan, 59.
Netanyahu said he still has daily contact with Biden, and also has the ‘political and ethical support’ of the American administration.
But the Arab and Muslim world called for an immediate end to military operations in Gaza, rejecting Israel’s justification of self-defense.
A communique issued at the summit urged the International Criminal Court to investigate ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel is committing’ as it continues to wage war on the Gaza Strip.
The World Health Organization warned on Sunday that Gaza’s largest hospital is ‘not functioning’ and is in a ‘perilous’ state after one airstrike bombardment left it without electricity and water for three days.
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