Renowned American-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid has been vocal about her support for Palestinians since last year’s Israel-Palestine crisis.
During the recent outrage by Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Hadid took to her Instagram handle to post a carousel of videos depicting Israeli violence toward Palestinians.
The text in the post by Hadid in the post says,
I urge you to watch every one of these videos. Whether it is a 12 year old child being suffocated by a grown man, or a mother of 6, running with her hands up , shot by the military. An elderly man on crutches, unable to fight back, being thrown to the ground. A child and his father being terrorized for absolutely zero reason.
Please someone tell me which one of these people provoked this kind of attack? If you are trying to come up with an excuse, you are the problem.
If you really would like to silence me , just like the journalists, or really anyone trying to educate about Palestine, @instagram, I will continue to come forward with peace , showing factual information about how the IDF, Israeli government, and Settlers attack innocent Palestinians for no reason , except for simply being Palestinian.
This is all a breach of human rights, and if you continue to sensor us, is the biggest form of bias and Unjust censorship.
I am not here to make this up. Believe me, I do not want to have to post this kind of terror. These are not actors. These are real IDF soldiers (who are supposed to protect) and real Palestinian people , with lives, families, jobs, history and souls. If you want me to stop taking, they should stop killing.
“The excuse I hear most is “the Palestinians. they were asking for it” I hear , “they had a knife. That was the reason the soldiers started to attack”
Absolutely not. As you can see here, these are peaceful people, most of the time with their children, praying, or just … living. Sure , there can be extremists on both sides. (As anywhere in the world) But I will not continue to sit here and have my peoples name be slandered as if they are constantly doing something wrong to deserve this kind of abuse. Absolutely UNPROVOKED abuse. In their home , and on their land, that they have lived in for hundreds of years. Especially now, during the holy month of Ramadan.
This is unprovoked.
Bella’s effort in solidarity with Palestine didn’t end there, she posted another video carousel – the first video of which shows an Israeli police officer brutally strangling down a 12-year-old child to the ground and kneeling on his chest.
In the Instagram post, the 25-year-old model mentions her father Mohamed Hadid, who along with his family had to flee from Palestine in 1949.
The text in the post says,
How many army units does it take to arrest a CHILD?
How many times does a young strong military man , with guns, bullet proof vests, power, have to kick down their elder, to feel more POWERFUL?
How many babies and children have to be murdered by a government system, before people start to care?
I will not allow us to all be named “terrorists” (as I’ve been called since I was a child, for simply just being Palestinian. ) just for being alive or standing up for our people. As if they go hand in hand. For standing up for what is right. HUMAN rights. This occupation is not only killing the lives of many women, children, men on a regular basis, but it is tainting the name of another people’s in the process. It is saddening and sickening.
The version of our people that have incorrectly been painted in the worst way, to justify this mass-abomination, mass-abuse of a people is wrong.
If you can look at this and think that the way Palestinians have been tortured , humiliated , abused , dismantled and murdered by a military OCCUPATION, ordered by a government system, is okay, regardless of ANYTHING , you are on the wrong side of history. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. Ever. No matter what.
Since 1948. Since my father was kicked out of his home when he was 9 days old.
This is NOT about religion. This is NOT about me hating something or someone else. I NEVER have and never will. To me , This is about every single human being and what they deserve in life. To the Israeli government , This is about geo-politics and power.
Who benefits from war and violence? The answer is never the people. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The development came within a couple of days after Hadid posted various Instagram stories – asserting that Instagram was banning her from posting stuff related to Palestine. A significant one said,
“My Instagram has disabled me from posting on my story – pretty much only when it is Palestine based I’m going to assume,”
Another one said,
“Wow. Two very important stories, that I’ve been trying to repost from @eye.on.palestine all day… That I wrote long messages with… Are the only ones that are not uploading.”
According to various media reports, at least 158 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, 15th April.
It is worth informing that last week Israeli forces also killed a 14-year-old boy named Qusai Hamamrah in the West Bank village of Husan.