Supermodel Gigi Hadid was seen for the first time Monday since she was slammed by Israel’s government over an Instagram Stories post she put up in support of the Palestinian people.
She had her blonde locks down and carried a black and yellow purse while wearing sunglasses and maroon loafers on the outing in the Big Apple.
The Los Angeles native – whose famous real-estate developer father Mohamed Hadid is Palestinian – posted a graphic to her 79.2 million followers on the platform about the war between Israel and Hamas.
The latest: Supermodel Gigi Hadid, 28, was seen for the first time Monday since she was slammed by Israel’s government over an Instagram Stories post she put up in support of the Palestinian people
Israel’s government quickly skewered Hadid’s position, posting on their Instagram Stories a response to Hadid’s commentary about the ongoing conflict, which began October 7, and has led to 4,000 deaths on both sides as of Monday.
It read: ‘There is nothing valiant about Hamas’ massacre of Israelis. Condemning Hamas for what it is (ISIS) is not anti-Palestine and supporting Israelis in their fight against barbaric terrorists is the right thing to do.’
The account of the State of Israel then directed comments at Hadid specifically, tagging her account and writing: ‘Have you been sleeping the past week?’
‘Or you just fine turning a blind eye to Jewish babies being butchered in their homes? Your silence has been very clear about where you stand. We see you.’
The Israeli government then posted a horrifying picture of the blood stained floor of a little girl killed in cold blood by Hamas terrorists.
‘If you don’t condemn this your words mean NOTHING,’ the account wrote, again tagging Hadid.
Since the outbreak of the latest war in the explosive region, triggered by a barbaric Iran-backed Palestinian terror attack that killed 1,400 Israelis, the elder Hadid sister has posted multiple statements equivocating the actions of the Israeli army and government to those of pro-Palestinian extremists.
In the statement, Hadid said she does not explicitly condemn the actions of Hamas, nor does she call their terrorism antisemitic.
The post on Hadid’s Instagram that caught the attention of the Israeli government. It comes after a week of Hadid sharing pro-Palestinian statements that blur the lines of where blame for the Hamas terror attack should be placed
The official State of Israel Instagram page flamed the model for her lukewarm statement about extremist Palestinian terrorism and implied blame being placed on Israel for the attack
Gigi Hadid with her Palestinian father Mohamed Hadid in 2018 in NYC. The supermodel was called out by the Israeli government for failing to condemn antisemitism and tip-toeing around a condemnation of the radical Palestinian terrorists
Hadid’s statement from last week, which does not explicitly condemn Hamas terrorists or antisemitism, defends the Free Palestine movement
In fact, the only mention of the term antisemitic occurs when she claims that being pro-Palestine is not the same as being antisemitic.
‘The terrorizing of innocent people is not in alignment with & does not do any good for the ‘Free Palestine‘ movement,’ she wrote.
Her words, however, run counter to the sentiments shared by many, many pro-Palestinian activists across the country and world in the days since Hamas’ shocking attack.
Pro-Palestinian students across the nation have gathered to express similar sentiments, many arguing that the terror attack was a first step toward decolonization and those who support the idea should also support the concrete effort.
Gigi’s younger sister, Bella Hadid, 27, has yet to speak out about the terror attack on Israel that launched the Jewish state back into battle with its hostile neighbor.
In the past, however, Bella has been forthright about her support for the Palestinian cause.
In June of 2022, the posted to her Instagram: ‘I will never allow anyone to forget about our beautiful Palestine, or our beautiful people.’
A statement shared by Iranian actress Yara Shahidi obfuscates the blame that has been placed on the radical Palestinian terrorists who stormed Israel last Saturday and claims the people of Gaza want peace
A post Hadid shared claiming that the Israeli military response to the killing of the most Jews in a single day since the Holocaust will amount to a second Nakba
Bella Hadid has been forthright about her position on the Israel-Palestine conflict, previously showing love for the people of Gaza and calling for the end of the ‘occupation.’ She has yet to speak out following the Hamas terror attack
An aerial view of Kibbutz Be’eri in southern Israel, where Palestinian terrorists butchered scores of innocent Israelis in an early morning raid last Saturday
The children of Mohamed Hadid (center top row) include from L to R Alana Hadid, Bella Hadid, Marielle Hadid, Gigi Hadid, and Anwar Hadid (center bottom row)
‘Everyday I wish I could go back in time, to when I was a child, so that I could start fighting for Palestine sooner,’ she continued. ‘For my family, for my elders, our history and for the people of Palestine still living, now, through this treacherous, exhausting and painful occupation.’
In spring of 2021, when Palestinians began firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel because of a disagreement with the Israeli government’s position on Palestinian housing in East Jerusalem, Bella shared a post from her older half sister.
It read: ‘My sisters and I, we speak in a family group chat every day. Mostly about Palestine and all that goes on. It is so hard to put into words how I feel.’
Adding to her sister, Alana Hadid’s thoughts, Bella wrote: ‘I feel the pain of my ancestors. I cry for them. I cry for my Palestinian brothers and sisters, there now, feeling unsafe and scared. This needs to stop, there is NO room for this in 2021!!!! My sister [Alana] wrote perfectly how I feel today. We are proud [to be] Palestinian and we stand with Palestine.’
In October of 2022, Anwar Hadid – younger brother to Gigi and Bella – graced the cover of GQ Middle East.
In an interview, he spoke about his abiding support for the Palestinian cause.
Among other projects that feature the Palestinian people, last year Anwar and a friend co-produced a film that GQ Middle East called ‘an eye-opening new documentary that breaks through the noise to highlight the pain and power of Palestinian resistance.’
‘The idea came to us as a way to humanize the Palestinian people, and allow our voices to be heard without judgment, in a way that is free and represents the people … and it just kind of evolved from there,’ he said.
Mohamed’s original caption, blaming the terror attack that killed 1,400 Israelis on their government
Two days later, Mohamed posted another statement making it clear that he is not in favor of violence against anyone, though he did not explicitly condemn Hamas
In 2019, Anwar named his gender-ambiguous jewelry line ‘Martyre,’ a word he said he would like redefine from its current meaning of battlefield death in the fight to defend Allah.
The Palestinian people often praise the martyrs who walk into Israel wearing suicide vests, or kill Israeli soldiers patrolling the border between Gaza and Israel’s southern cities.
At the time Anwar said: ‘I see it as a piece of armor, instead of a death sentence. I’m Palestinian, I resist as I breathe. The spirit of Palestine flows through my body, through the name Martyre, certain songs I’ve made, and the documentary we just created.’
Father to the five adult Hadid siblings, Mohamed Hadid, was born in 1948 in what is now Nazareth, Israel.
He has previously said that he took it upon himself personally to ensure that each of his children understood and revered their Palestinian identities.
In the wake of the Hamas massacre, Mohamed took to Instagram to post a statement that blamed the unimaginably bloody Palestinian terror attack on Israel.
‘This less of a human and Bibi and the far right government of this Zionist State is 100 percent responsible for creation of this massive escalation between the occupied and the occupier,’ he wrote, showing a picture of far-right, pro-settlements Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.
A 360,000-strong IDF has assembled to prepare for battle with Hamas as Israeli leaders have sworn to eliminate every last operative of the terror group from the earth
While many commenters supported Mohamed’s message, some were quick to admonish him for posting such a message on the day of the Hamas attacks.
‘On the day of civilian massacre, it is better to remain silent,’ wrote one user.
‘Now got a war. Mohamed don’t come crying when the results aren’t what you hope for,’ wrote another.
A third weighed in, saying: ‘How about you let your daughters who model half naked visit Gaza and see how they are treated there with the way they dress and live their lives.’
Some of the comments perhaps got to Mohamed who, two days later, posted again – this time a picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel with the caption:
‘To Be Clear I condemn the killing and hostage taking or abusing, torturing of civilians. Of Arab Muslims, Jews or Christians,’ he wrote. ‘And complete disapproval of the treatment of the occupation against the occupied.’
Since the terror organization Hamas, who were at one time democratically elected by the Palestinian people to lead Gaza, attacked Israel last Saturday, slaughtering some 1,400 Israelis and injured at least 3,600, death tolls have climbed on both sides.
The Gazan Ministry of Health reported that the Palestinian death toll has climbed above 2,300, a figure that will surely increase if Gazans are not free to move out of the area Israel has explicitly told them to vacate.
Israel reported Saturday that 258 of its soldiers had been killed so far.