The supermodel Bella Hadid slammed Instagram for deleting her story of a picture of her father’s expired passport with a text ” I am proud to be Palestenian”.
The 23-year-old of Dutch and Palestinian descent was outraged by Instagram’s action.
She wrote over the screenshot of the notification from Insagram : “Instagram removed my story that only said, ”My baba And his birthplace of Palestine, with a photograph of his American passport. @instragram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers birth place of Palestine is ”bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity?”
Instagram did not respond to the incident.
However, Bella was praised by fans around the world for not backing down and speaking her truth.
bella hadid just ended Instagram and we love to see! pic.twitter.com/tzOrWR8PnG— morsal (@bizzzleschanges) July 7, 2020
Thank you @bellahadid for being a visible & vocal advocate of Palestine. Too many Arabs allow society/Hollywood/social media to shut them down & then they participate in their own erasure. You said, “Not today.” And the rest of us say, “Not ever.” #FreePalestine 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/NBFp6vVAFH— Philistine Ayad 🇵🇸 Free Palestine (@PhilistineAyad) July 8, 2020
It is not the first time when the supermodel speaks out in support for Palestine. In December 2017 she reportedly joined a Palestinian solidarity march in London.
Here’s what Bella wrote in December 2017, when the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:
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💔I've been waiting to put this into perfect words but I realized there is no perfect way to speak of something so unjust. A very very sad day.Watching the news and seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry for the many many generations of Palestine. Seeing the sadness of my father, cousins, and Palestinian family that are feeling for our Palestinian ancestors makes this even harder to write. Jerusalem is home of all religions. For this to happen, I feel, makes us take 5 steps back making it harder to live in a world of peace. The TREATMENT of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine. There is no hate against anyone… There are no sides… All religions living side by side.. Now it is Just one man..it has always been a factor of trying to bring peace… Where is the hope..?