The model, whose father is Palestinian, said offering support to the Palestinian people is not a sign of support for Hamas.
The Israeli government has accused American model Gigi Hadid of ” close eyes “ to the events that sparked a war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, after the 28-year-old posted a message of support for the Palestinian people on social media.
“There is nothing Jewish about the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians. » Hadid, whose father Mohamed Hadid is Palestinian, wrote in a temporary Instagram story over the weekend to her online followers of nearly 80 million.
She added that “Condemning the Israeli government is not anti-Semitic and supporting the Palestinians is not supporting Hamas. »
Hadid’s message quickly drew a rebuke from Israel. “There is nothing courageous about Hamas’ massacre of Israelis. » » reads a post on the official Instagram account of the State of Israel, accompanied by a screenshot of Hadid’s original post.
“Condemning Hamas for what it is (ISIS) is not anti-Palestinian and supporting Israelis in their fight against barbaric terrorists is the right thing to do. » said the Israeli account. The post went on to scorn Hadid’s post, accusing the model of “turn a blind eye to the Jewish babies massacred in their homes”.
Last Wednesday, Hadid posted a separate message to say that her aspirations for peace between the Palestinians and Israel were falling short of expectations. “include the evil of a Jewish person. » She added that the “terrorize innocent people” in Israel does not stimulate the movement for a “free Palestine”.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, massacring around 1,400 people on Israeli soil, most of whom were civilians. The group also took up to 250 hostages, according to Hamas statements. Israel says the number of captives is closer to 199.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government responded to the attack with an unprecedented bombardment of Gaza, showering the enclave with thousands of bombs in the days that followed. Latest figures show around 2,700 people died in the air raids, which devastated infrastructure in the densely populated region.
About a million people – about half of Gaza’s total population – were displaced by the Israeli airstrike, the UN said. There are rumors that Israel is planning a ground offensive in Gaza in the coming days.
Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid, who is also a model, have been ardent defenders of Palestinian rights for several years.
You can share this story on social media: