Bella Hadid opens herself to allegations of anti-Semitism after claiming that Israel is not a country
Supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid risked anger many in the Israeli community with an Instagram post that critics say was anti-Semitic.
Bella, 24, and Gigi, 26, speak out in their support of the Palestinian cause.
Their father Mohamed Hadid, 72, is a Palestinian born in Nazareth in November 1948, four months after his city was captured by Israeli forces. The family fled to Syria and eventually Washington DC. He has Jordanian and US citizenships.
On Tuesday, as the conflict in the Middle East escalated, Bella shared a message on Instagram trying to explain the conflict in her eyes.
Gigi (left) and Bella Hadid with their father Mohamed, who was born in Palestine in 1948
Bella Hadid shared the cartoon, with several slides explaining her point, on Instagram
In the cartoon, a woman says to her friend, ‘There is no’ fighting ‘. There is only Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid.
“When I say Israel, I mean a group of people, a group of settlers, who are colonizing Palestine.”
The post provides a very subjective view of the situation.
Founded in 1948, Israel is a diverse country and, like the United States, is very ethnically mixed.
The current conflict is notable in that it pits Israelis against Israelis alongside the depressingly known exchange of missile fire.
Israel’s 21 percent Arab minority – Palestinian by heritage, Israeli by citizenship – is largely descended from the Palestinians who lived under Ottoman and then British colonial rule before remaining in Israel after the country’s founding in 1948.
Israeli artillery in action on Wednesday. At least 70 people died in the conflict
Palestinians are leaving their neighborhood to go to a safer location in Gaza City on Wednesday
A fire rages at dawn on Wednesday after an Israeli air raid on the southern Gaza Strip
Gigi (left) and Bella are seen with their father at a Victoria’s Secret party in Paris in 2016
Most are bilingual in Arabic and Hebrew and feel related to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
They often complain about systematic discrimination, unfair access to housing, health care and education.
Israel’s domestic turmoil was welcomed by Hamas, one of whose spokesmen urged Arab citizens to “revolt” against “our enemy and yours.”
Her posts came when the Israeli president warned on Wednesday of a civil war between the Arabs and Jews in the country, while anger and fear over shelling by Palestinian militants in Gaza sparked violence in the streets of Israel.
Calls from religious and political leaders for calm, police reinforcement and mass arrests proved to do little to stop the riots in several ethnically mixed cities. Israeli TV showed what it described as ‘near-lynchings’ of Jewish and Arab motorists.
The fight was sparked by sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests from members of the Arab minority furious over an Israeli anti-aircraft defense launched on Gaza on Monday after Islamist Hamas-led militants fired bursts of missiles across the border.
A synagogue and cars were set on fire in the Tel Aviv suburb of Lod, motorists were stoned on some roads, and Palestinian protesters waving flags fought with police in Haifa’s northern port.
On Wednesday, police said the attacks appeared to be more by Jews against Arabs – including an attack that was seen live on TV as he was towed from his car and beaten by a mob in Bat Yam on the coast.
The broadcast on top-rated channel 12 fell back to a phone call from President Reuven Rivlin to “please stop this madness.”
“We are threatened by missiles fired at our citizens and streets, and we are engaged in a meaningless civil war among us,” said the president, whose role is largely ceremonial.
Israeli leaders insist on responding to Hamas terror attacks on their legitimate territory, and President Joe Biden has insisted that Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks.
However, the model paid little attention to the Israeli position.
‘It has always been #freepalestine. ALWAYS, ”she said, endorsing her post – which has been“ liked ”by 1.7 million people.
Bella Hadid, featured at the 2020 MTV Music Awards, is an outspoken pro-Palestinian campaigner
‘I have a lot to say about this, but for now, read and inform yourself. This is not about religion. This is not about expressing hatred at one or the other.
“This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid about the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!”
She concluded, “I’ve been told all my life that who I am: a Palestinian woman – isn’t real. I have been told that my father has no place of birth when he comes from Palestine. And I’m here to say. Palestine is very real and the Palestinian people are here to stay and live together. As always. ‘
The post was also ‘liked’ by her sister, Gigi, who has also shared pro-Palestinian posts.
“One cannot advocate for racial equality, condemn LGBT and women’s rights, corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices, yet choose to ignore Palestinian oppression,” she posted.
‘It is not right. You cannot choose whose human rights matter more. ‘
Gigi Hadid also made clear her support for the Palestinian cause
Yet it was Bella who was undeniably more active in the cause, publishing a flood of pro-Palestinian material.
The supermodel knew she was opening herself up to allegations of anti-Semitism: pro-Israeli parties often argue that supporting Palestine is inherently anti-Semitic because it questions the right to exist of the Jewish state and is therefore against all Jews.
Bella, however, anticipated the charges.
She posted a video of Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2020 election, insisting that demanding an end to the violence was not anti-Semitic.
“I want to make this very clear,” wrote Bella.
‘Hate on both sides is not okay – I don’t approve !!
‘I will not bear to hear people talk badly about Jewish people through all this. This is about HUMANITY, not religion !!!! This is about freedom in Palestine. ‘