Billie Eilish promotes her new album to Israelis, and draws social media ire


(JTA) — Pop star Billie Eilish provoked a wave of angry criticism on social media after posting a short video online promoting her new album to Israeli fans.

“Hi Israel, this is Billie Eilish, and I’m so excited that my new album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ is out now,” she says in a clip posted to her Tik Tok, the blog Israellycool reported Sunday.

The video was one of several that Eilish posted to fans in different countries.

Pro-Palestinian social media users appeared to criticize Eilish for recognizing Israel as a state.

Others used the opportunity to criticize Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.

“Happier Than Ever,” the 19-year-old’s second album, was one of the most anticipated pop releases of the year.

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