While Bella and Gigi Hadid’s dad, Mohammed Hadid, has spoken out over the current Israel crisis, the supermodels — who have been strong supporters of Palestine throughout the years — have remained silent.
More than 500 people have been killed in the continued Israeli bombing of Gaza following a Hamas (a Palestinian group that governs Gaza) attack on Israel that left 800 people dead over the weekend.
On Saturday, Mohammed — a Palestinian-American real estate developer — took to social media to share his thoughts on the crisis.
“This less of a human and Bibi and the far right government of this Zionist State is 💯 responsible for creation of this massive escalation between the occupied and the occupier,” he posted to Instagram. “It’s that simple. Erasing the Palestinians off the map at United nation is organized arrogance.. (the New Middle East) it’s shameful …” he wrote, alongside a photo of Israel’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir.
Fans were quick to flock to the comment section with questions and mixed feelings about Mohammed’s stance.
“You are outnumbered by the 99% of the world that does not stand with Palestine,” one user wrote. “No one supports what they are doing and there is no good reason.”
“OH JUST STOP! Have some human decency!” stated another.
One day later, Mohammed posted another message, condemning the violence.
“To Be Clear I condemn the killing and hostage taking or abusing, torturing of civilians. Of Arab Muslims, Jews or Christians. And complete disapproval of the treatment of the occupation against the occupied,” he wrote.
“My heart is sore for both sides.” one user wrote. “For all the people who don’t deserve it – who don’t want to be part of it. Why can’t they just leave the civilians alone. Why must they all suffer. Why can’t these countries at war allow or give time for the civilians to exit before they have a go at one another.”
On Monday, Mohammed paused his political stance to wish his youngest daughter, Bella, a happy birthday.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful champ,” he wrote, alongside a carousel of photos featuring Bella and her horses. “Fearless… passionate. Love her family and her horses… she loves life and she feels for others competitive and compassionate about her work and love for humanity. I love my baby bella.”
While both Bella and Gigi have yet to speak out on the current crisis, the supermodel sisters have been vocal about their support in the past.
In 2022, Bella took to Instagram to share a series of videos of Palestinians being attacked, urging fans to watch the disturbing footage.
“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,” she wrote. “This is all a breach of human rights, and if you continue to censor us, is the biggest form of bias and Unjust censorship.”
In May 2021, Bella shared photos and videos of her at a pro-Palestinian protest in New York City.
“The way my heart feels.. To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place… it feels whole! We are a rare breed!! ❤️” she wrote. “It’s free Palestine til Palestine is free!!!”
While much of Hollywood has expressed their support for Israel, actress Sara Foster has seemingly called out those “Palestinian influencers” who have refused to speak out.
“Watching Palestinian influencers on here refuse to denounce Hamas, refuse to speak out against the barbaric treatment of children, refuse to hope for peace, all while living in the comfort of the US with zero intention of ever being in Palestine because they could never be openly gay or openly post their bikini pics is sadly not shocking,” she wrote on her Instagram Story on Sunday.
“It’s easy to be outspoken from the comfort of your warm democratic bed.”