Mia Khalifa Fired From Playboy After Posting About Hamas Vs Israel Conflict

Mia Khalifa has been fired from Playboy after posting about the Hamas vs Israel conflict.
Credit: @miakhalifa/Instagram

Instagram and TikTok star Mia Khalifa has been fired from Playboy after posting about the Hamas vs Israel conflict.

The former adult star, 30, has established herself as a prominent internet personality – having shared content on OFs and other social media platforms.

She often uses her platform to share her outspoken views on topics – whether it’s calling out the Qatar World Cup or actor Leonardo DiCaprio for being a ‘manchild’.

But Khalifa’s views on the Hamas vs Israel conflict have landed her in hot water with her employer.

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The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched its largest-ever attack on Israel on October 7.

According to CNN, more than 1,000 people have been killed as part of the conflict, with a further 3,418 injured.

However, this figure does not include those who are still being held hostage in Gaza.

Khalifa was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but moved to America as a child amid the South Lebanon conflict with Israel.

Since the attacks occurred, she has been posting on social media in support of Palestine.

Mia Khalifa
Mia Khalifa has used her social media platform to share her views on the Hamas vs Israel conflict. Credit: @miakhalifa/Instagram

In one post on X (formerly known as Twitter), she penned: “If you can look at the situation in Palestine and not be on the side of Palestinians, then you are on the wrong side of apartheid and history will show that in time.”

In another post, she wrote: “Can someone please tell the freedom fighters in Palestine to flip their phones and film horizontal.”

The influencer also took a shot at Kylie Jenner for her now-deleted pro-Israel post by saying: “If true journalism exists, the next person to talk to Kylie Jenner will ask for her opinion on geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and not break eye contact until she can string one coherent sentence together.”

Following intense backlash for her stance on the conflict, the influencer has since defended her social media activity, stating that she isn’t promoting and endorsing the violence, but she wants to spread the message of Palestinian freedom.

She explained: “I just want to make it clear that this statement in no way shape or form is enticing [the] spread of violence, I specifically said freedom fighters because that’s what the Palestinian citizens are… fighting for freedom every day.”

However, Khalifa’s views have led to her being fired from Playboy – where she had been working as a content creator for its own OFs competitor which launched in in March – with an email being sent to subscribers to confirm the news, as seen by the Daily Mail.

It reads: “We are writing today to let you know of our decision to terminate Playboy’s relationship with Mia Khalifa, including deleting Mia’s Playboy channel on our creator platform.

“Mia has made disgusting and reprehensible comments celebrating Hamas’ attacks on Israel and the murder of innocent men, women, and children.

“At Playboy, we encourage free expression and constructive political debate, but we have a zero-tolerance policy for hate speech. We expect Mia to understand her words and actions have consequences.”

A link on the Playboy website that takes users to Khalifa’s page has now been taken down – with an error message appearing when you click on it.

Mia Khalifa
Mia Khalifa’s outspoken views have led to Playboy cutting ties with her. Credit: @miakhalifa/Instagram

The former adult star has addressed her firing, where she admits to her views costing her ‘business opportunities’, but she is more frustrated at herself for going into business with ‘zionists’ – a term used for someone who supports the development and protection of Israel.

Palestine and Israel have been in conflict since the United Nations voted to split Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states in 1947, as per the BBC.

Following British leaders leaving the country and Arabs not agreeing to the split, Israel declared the ‘State of Isreal’ – with many Palestinians objecting to this and a war broke out.

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Because there was never a peace agreement – with both sides blaming each other – there were more wars and fighting in the following years.

Most Palestinian refugees and their descendants live in Gaza and the West Bank or neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

They have never been allowed to return to their homes – as Israel says this would overwhelm the country and threaten its existence as a Jewish state.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.