Model Bella Hadid deletes post after being accused of ‘anti-Semitic rhetoric’

Model Bella Hadid was accused of anti-Semitism on social media for a now-deleted post that claimed Israel is not actually a country but a land that was settled by colonizers who persecute Palestinians.

Hadid has 42 million followers on the social media platform as compared to the 14 million Jews in existence today. She published a series of commentary cartoons on Wednesday that called Israel “occupiers” and called Palestinians “oppressed.” Her sister Gigi then liked the post to her 66.2 million followers.

“There is NO place for this!!! Especially in 2021!!!! it has always been #freepalestine. ALWAYS. I have a lot to say about this but for now, please read and educate yourself. This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS,” Hadid posited on Instagram.

The post was “liked” by 1.7 million people.

But Instagram users highlighted numerous inaccuracies in Hadid’s post. Among the fallacies pointed out were those that perpetuated anti-Semitic tropes.

The Hadid sisters’ posts come as Israel retaliated in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing as many as 11 senior Hamas terrorist military figures after they were bombed by hundreds of rockets coming out of Gaza.

Bella Hadid is 24 and her sister Gigi Hadid is 26. They strongly support Palestinians and have attended marches and demonstrations. Bella Hadid is the more politically active of the two.

Their father is Mohamed Hadid, 72. He is a Palestinian who was born in Nazareth. The family fled to Syria and ultimately relocated to Washington, DC. Hadid has Jordanian and American citizenship.

Israeli actress-turned-author Noa Tishby recently wrote a book entitled: “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.” She told Fox News that the model is adding to “flaming anti-Semitism like we’ve never seen.”

Tishby noted the danger when someone who is so influential chooses to “recite Hamas talking points.”

“People don’t understand that Jews are indigenous to the land of Israel. Israel is not a colonialist state,” Tishby stated. “Hamas is a genocidal lunatic terrorist organization… and the people on social media are being used by nefarious forces into becoming useful idiots by reciting Hamas talking points.”

In another post, the Hadid sisters shared a quote from @daliaskitchen: “One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women’s rights, condemn corrupt & abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression.”

Tishby replied: “Israel is the only country [in the Middle East] where you can make out with your same-sex partner and not be killed.”

Critics pounced on Hadid’s rhetoric in the comments on Instagram. Some told her to educate herself and others called her assertions outright lies. Several said she was wildly biased as well.

Twitter sounded off over the Hadid statements: (** Language warning)


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