An over-the-top fan of Taylor Swift is using her rising Twitter fame to spread word on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, raise funds for Palestinians and tell followers how she went to jail for refusing to join the IDF.
A Twitter account called Taylor Swift Updates stands out among other typical fan pages. Run by a 19-year-old Israeli woman, who goes by the name Na’ama, it unsurprisingly features plenty of tweets, news updates and posts dedicated to her beloved American singer.
But it went viral this year because of one particular thing – her overwhelming support for Palestine and her fierce opposition towards mandatory military service.
So far, her 20,000-strong readership pales in comparison to that of Taylor Swift who has over 83 million followers on Twitter and around 115 million on Instagram. But Na’ama says she wants to use her emerging Twitter fame to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“I'm also aware I just received the awesome opportunity to educate, so if any pro-Palestine [journalists] see this, reply below and I'll try and get back to you!” she tweeted.
?| I feel really weird doing interviews about this because it didn't seem like a big deal to me, but I'm also aware I just received the awesome opportunity to educate, so if any pro-Palestine jornos see this, reply below and I'll try and get back to you!
— Taylor Swift Updates (@LegitTayUpdates) April 2, 2019
In February, she told her followers that she will go offline because she is poised to serve a prison sentence in Israel. In another tweet, the woman confessed she didn't know how long she would be in jail. “Some people do 10 days, other well over a year,” she said. “I'll have a pretty short notice of when I'm getting released.”'
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