(JTA) – An Israeli bodyguard who has been working for superstar Taylor Swift on her global Eras tour has returned to Israel to fight in its ongoing war against Hamas.
Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom conveyed the news on Sunday. “I have a pretty great life in the US, a dream job, great friends, and a comfortable home,” said the guard, who chose not to share his name. “I didn’t have to come here, but I couldn’t stand by while families were slaughtered and burned alive in their homes. Don’t stand by and do nothing. Don’t be on the wrong side of history.”
The guard had gone viral over the summer for his attentiveness while protecting Swift. Clips of him closely watching the crowd while escorting Swift into and out of her concerts were the subject of several videos and posts across social media.
Swift, who has spoken out on political and current events in the past, has so far not publicly commented on the war in Israel. That silence has elicited criticism from some of her fans, especially as she promotes her new concert film, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.