Bella Hadid breaks her silence on the Middle East conflict – you won’t believe what she reveals!
The model, Bella Hadid, who has Palestinian origins, publicly condemned the Middle East conflict for the first time. A long-time supporter of the Free Palestine movement, she has faced the online dissemination of personal data and daily intimidation.
“I can no longer be silenced. Fear is not an option. The people and children of Palestine, especially in Gaza, cannot afford our silence. We are not brave – they are”.In a passionate letter published on Instagram on October 26, Bella Hadid publicly shared her thoughts for the first time on the Middle East conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has resulted in “an urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza that needs to be addressed”.
The model, who is the daughter of Mohamed Hadid, a Palestinian immigrant and a practicing Muslim born in 1948, the same year when 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, emphasized the suffering she feels in witnessing the atrocities inflicted on her people:
“My heart is bleeding from the trauma I see happening as well as the generational trauma of my Palestinian blood”.
Hadid, who has always supported the Free Palestine movement, has faced the online dissemination of personal data and has received “hundreds of death threats daily”, but the personal attacks have not stopped the model from mourning both “the mothers who have lost their children” in Gaza.
She has also expressed condolences for “the Israeli families who have faced the pain and consequences” of the Hamas attacks on October 7.
Just a few weeks ago, Gigi Hadid also condemned “terrorizing innocent people”, an action that “does not serve the Free Palestine movement well”.
The condemnation of war
Along with the letter, Hadid also shared a video of a woman singing Lorde’s “Team”. The video was accompanied by a carousel of graphic images of bombings and destruction caused by the conflict.
“My family has witnessed 75 years of violence against the Palestinian people, particularly the brutal settler invasions that have led to the destruction of entire communities, cold-blooded murders, and the forced removal of families from their homes”, the model wrote. “The practice of settlements on Palestinian land continues to this day. The pain is unimaginable”.
However, Hadid coupled her denouncement of the abuses suffered by Palestine with a firm condemnation not only of “terrorist attacks on any civilian, anywhere”. But also of “corrupt” governments that mix religion with their decision-making processes, committing “the greatest sin of all”. The model also emphasized that “wars have laws – and they must be respected, no matter what happens. We must keep the pressure on our leaders, wherever we are, to not forget the urgent needs of the people of Gaza and to ensure that innocent Palestinian civilians are not forgotten victims of this war. I stand with humanity, knowing that peace and security belong to all of us”.