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Bella Hadid: Trump Naming Jerusalem Israel’s Capital Is ‘Unjust’

Bella Hadid: Trump Naming Jerusalem Israel’s Capital Is ‘Unjust’

Supermodel Bella Hadid took a stand for Palestine on her Instagram account Thursday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump announced that the United States would be moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a result, despite backlash from global leaders including Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Pope Francis.

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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 has always been a factor of trying to bring peace… Where is the hope..?

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Hadid, who is half-Palestinian, expressed how this was “a very, very sad day” for her. Her Palestinian father, who was born in Nazareth during the Arab-Israeli war and came to the U.S. at age 14, posted a similar message to his Instagram calling Trump’s declaration the “saddest day” of his life.

The 21-year old has been outspoken about her identity before, even declaring in an interview with Porter magazine that she was “a proud Muslim.” Born to a Dutch mother in Los Angeles, Hadid has never forgotten her paternal heritage and has been vocal about other issues affecting Muslims and immigrants, even protesting in New York for the No Ban No Wall to protest Trump’s first Muslim ban in January.

Talking to Elle in February she explained that speaking out was important to her. “Well, I come from a really diverse background, ” she said. “I’ve had incredible experiences all over the world… and I’ve learned that we’re all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness. We shouldn’t treat people as if they don’t deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It’s just not right. And that message—to be compassionate whenever possible—that’s so important to me.”

After landing the cover of Vogue Arabia, following the footsteps of her older sister Gigi, Hadid dedicated her cover to her Palestinian family and Arab and Muslim friends, expressing how it was an honor to represent Palestinians.

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Wow.. Thank you…September Issue of @voguearabia Shot by Mr. Incredible, Karl Lagerfeld.. I am so honored and proud to be on this cover of Vogue Arabia, not only to be shot by the one and only Karl, to be touched by the legend @peterphilipsmakeup and hair done up by the unrivaled @sammcknight1 styled by the one and only @amandaharlech ❤️… but specifically to represent and cherish my half-Palestinian blood from my father and his strong, loving, wonderful Arab side of my family. This cover is in honor of my teta Khair Hadid, my family, and my Arab/Muslim friends out there..❤️Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the newest international Vogue and thank you Vogue Arabia for continuing to celebrate and accept all different cultures and customs the way we all should❤️🕊

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Expressing solidarity for Palestine, Hadid explained how Trump’s decision would only increase tensions in an already sensitive situation. “For this to happen, I feel, makes us take five 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,” she declared.

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  • Blame the surrounding Arab states who should have accepted the 1947 UN Partition Plan instead of attacking Israel with the aim of destroying Israel and the Jews once and for all.

    Sorry guys, you’ll have to learn about this stuff from history books instead of air-headed fashion models.

    • Palestinians have been tragically used as tools for jihad. That is why they have been kept in unhappy conditions in every Arab land they live in.

      Islamists don’t care about their happiness. The only thing that unites the Islamic State who kills Sufis, Shia who kills Sunnis, Sunnis who kill Shia and all who reject Islamic variations like Alevis is their conditioned hatred of Jews.

      Ironically, the mosque they built on the Temple Mount is one of the safest in the world. Can you imagine that if it ever fell into the hands of Palestinians, it would be moments before the Saudis would say, “hey, we can take it from here,” and then the Iranians would say, “oh no you don’t” and then the most devout of the “religion of peace” would be killing each other on another land they so dreamed to conquer (as they do in Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon, etc). When will everyone wake up and stop being influenced by an ideology dreamed up to destroy those who were successful?

      Dream of success and happiness on Earth. Stop trading that for some fictitious paradise, a make believe place, conjured up to control people.

  • “We are all Hindus Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians and Jews”
    Only in the West could you see such a sign for such a welcome of diversity. Try holding that up in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria or any other place in which Islam has consumed the indigenous culture and replaced it with intolerant repressive brainwashing regimes.

    Own your own conscience!
    A man who was a pillager, rap ist, slave dealer, looter, murderer does NOT hold the monopoly on virtue. Following the laws dreamed up by a psychopath does not bring salvation – but misery to those who follow and their targets to do the same.

    The happiest Arabs in the Middle East are Israeli Arabs. Investigate.

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