Supermodel among growing celebrities speaking against Israeli aggression

US model Bella Hadid arrives for the screening of the film "Broker" during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on 26 May 2022. [Getty Images]

Bella Hadid is the daughter of Palestinian real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch model Yolanda Hadid and is often lauded as being one of the most outspoken celebrities advocating for Palestine.

She says she is unafraid of losing modeling jobs in order to continue her support for Palestine. In an Instagram post, Hadid wrote, “Every day I wish I could go back in time, to when I was a child so that I could start fighting for Palestine sooner. For my family, for my elders, our history, and for the people of Palestine still living, now, through this treacherous, exhausting, and painful occupation.”

After attending a pro-Palestine march in New York City in 2021 and posting about the march on Instagram, Hadid was condemned by the official Israel Twitter account, which called her an “advocate for throwing Jews into the sea.” She, and her sister Gigi Hadid along with singer Dua Lipa, were also the targets of a full-page ad in The New York Times that called their pro-Palestine advocacy akin to “anti-Semitism.”

In a joint interview with Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef for GQ magazine, the 25-year-old model opened up about her Muslim and Arab heritage and her continued support for the Palestinian cause.

“I would have loved to grow up and be with my dad every day and studying and really being able to practice [Islam], just in general being able to live in a Muslim culture,” Hadid says. “But I wasn’t given that.”

Although she is detached from her Palestinian family, Hadid says she is proud of her heritage and often uses her platform as a tool to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation. She also spends time thinking about her family and what they endured.

As Israeli transgressions against Palestinians continue, there is a growing list of celebrities who are speaking up. Just to name a few: American actor Susan Sarandon; English musician Roger Waters; actor Lena Headey from Game of Thrones; John Oliver, the British-American comedian and host of Last Week Tonight; Oscar-winning American actress Viola Davis and many more have all voiced their views.

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