Gigi Hadid faced backlash on Twitter after voicing her support for Palestine. The model, who is half Palestinian, voiced her support for the country after 60 Palestinian protesters, including eight children, were killed by Israeli forces on Monday.
The protests, which coincided with the U.S embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem, were to mark the 1948 “al-Nakba” when more than 700,000 Palestinians left or were expelled from their homes.
Gigi Hadid tweeted an Al Jeezera article outlining the Palestinian death toll alongside an image urging people to remember the al-Nakba. The model then wrote, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, this is not about religion or one against the other – it’s about the greed” alongside the hashtags #freepalestine, #freegaza, #coexist and the peace emoji followed by a separate tweet of peace emojis.
Each tweet got thousands of replies, with those on both sides heatedly debating in the comments and many stressing Israel’s right to defend itself. One account, an Israeli education initiative called Stand With Us, questioned Hadid’s use of the word “greedy” writing: “So you’re saying that Jews who want to live in their homeland in peace and defend against shooting and bombing attacks are “greedy”!? Seriously? That’s the argument u wanna go with today?”
Hadid replied to the tweet: “I’m saying coexistence (Palestinians & Israelis, as they once before lived…) is to not live in greed.”
Hadid also stressed that “I’m not anti-anyone. I am only pro-coexistence” and wrote that she is going to stop sharing her opinions on social media as “social media is one of the most frustrating & twisted things” and “Everything’s taken & read the wrong way.”
Gigi Hadid isn’t the only celebrity to recently voice their support for Palestine. Judd Apatow and Ava Du Verney both shared tweets about the conflict.
This isn’t the first time the Hadid family has spoken up about the conflict either. After Trump announced the U.S. embassy would be moving to Jerusalem, Gigi’s sister, Bella Hadid, took to Instagram to express her support for Palestine and calling for all religions to live peacefully side by side.
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