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Supermodel Bella Hadid Protests Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition at ‘Free Palestine’ March in London

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Supermodel Bella Hadid. Photo: Reuters / Joe Penney.

Famed supermodel Bella Hadid joined a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London on Friday night against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The 21-year-old — whose father is of Palestinian descent — marched alongside posters proclaiming “Free Palestine” and “End Israeli Occupation,” while still wearing her gown from a fashion event earlier in the evening.

Some protesters at the event were later criticized by leading Jewish groups for chanting in Arabic,  “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammed is returning.” The slogan refers to a 7th-century battle fought by the Islamic prophet Muhammad against Jewish tribes, and is often invoked by Islamist terrorist groups. The popular anti-Israel slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” can also be heard in video footage of the march.

Organizers of the event later condemned antisemitic chants that were used there.

Last Thursday, Hadid took to Instagram to denounce Trump’s Jerusalem move. Alongside a skyline photo of Jerusalem’s Old City, she told her 16 million followers that the announcement marked a “very, very sad day” in history. She added that seeing the “pain of the Palestinian people” following the president’s decision makes her “cry for the many many generations of Palestine.” Expressing further solidarity with the Palestinians, she wrote:

Seeing the sadness of my father, cousins, and Palestinian family that are feeling for our Palestinian ancestors makes this even harder to write. Jerusalem is home of all religions. For this to happen, I feel, makes us take 5 steps back making it harder to live in a world of peace.

The TREATMENT of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine.

Hadid also noted that many of her friends are Jewish and added that she believes “there are no side, all religions [are] living side by side.”

Hadid’s father, well-known real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, was born in Nazareth during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and fled to Syria with his family when he was 18 months old, according to The Huffington Post. He lived in both Syria and Lebanon before immigrating to the US at age 14.

After Bella posted for Vogue Arabia in September, she wrote about being proud to “represent and cherish my half-Palestinian blood from my father and his strong, loving, wonderful Arab side of my family.”

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  • Mel Profit

    Hadid also noted that many of her friends are Jewish and added that she believes “there are no side, all religions [are] living side by side.” I’m sure that’s what the Muslims Jordanians were thinking when the kicked all the Jews out of East Jerusalem and blew up 50 synagogues. Bella-stick to modeling and don’t worry your pretty little head about other issues.

  • David Abraham

    Bella why don’t you man up and ask your father how Palestinians collaborated in full with the Nazis during 1940-1945 and caused the deportation of millions of Jews to Auschwitz??? Ask him about Amin Al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the Palestinian leader who was the highest ranking non-German Nazi officer, an infernal criminal who was the elected leader of the Palestinians and whose hands are SOAKED in the blood of millions of European Jews and Christians???

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  • Kjell A. Amundsen

    Tell me how do you free a fantasy state and what occupation?
    Palestinian = inhabitants name of former British Palestine, not an ethnic group
    What palestinian people?
    The so-called palestinians are jordanian citizen

  • gornisht

    Who, is this loser impressing? A famed super model? Really? With a face like she has , I would recommend her to put on a burka.

  • brynababy

    Bella, Israel is the country that made Jerusalem open to all religions when the Jordanians would not allow Christians and Jews to Jerusalem. Israel has no intention of changing that arrangement. Jerusalem will remain open to Christains, Muslims and Jews. You should visit Israel and see for yourself the shared living that is the reality in Israel.

    • Rosa Vivanco

      Only place in the middle east where gays are also safe as well. Love israel!

  • Hillel

    Here we go again, some of my best friends are jewish. Or the loving arab family while calling for death to all jews. Blatant antisemitism has made a resounding return. We better not be as complacent as the last time. We have few if any real friends. Many have tolerated us since 1945 but the jig is up.

    • Rosa Vivanco

      Christians and republicans are with you. We love Jews and they are here to stay!