Selena Gomez Posts "Pray for Gaza" Message, Gets a Ton of Heat

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Selena Gomez is facing the heat after posting a controversial Instagram message about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

Gomez, 21, posted a picture that read, "It's About Humanity. Pray For Gaza." She captioned it,"Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what's important in life. It's not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration"

The message, which received over 605,000 likes, also received its fair share of backlash. Many of Gomez's fans did not see eye-to-eye with the singer, posting messages encouraging the artist to refrain from talking about the controversial topic.

Several hours later, Gomez responded to the criticism with a photo of a person meditating on water. "And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides," she wrote in the caption. "I am praying for peace and humanity for all!" 

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