Israel slams Bella Hadid for 'advocating for throwing Jews into sea' after she shared cartoons: 'Shame on you'
Bella and Gigi Hadid sparked outrage earlier this week after sharing an Instagram post suggesting that Israel was not a legitimate country
Bella Hadid was condemned by the state of Israel for allegedly advocating for "throwing Jews into the sea" after the supermodel was accused of anti-Semitism.
"When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the elimination of the Jewish State," the State of Israel's official Twitter account wrote on Sunday, May 16. "This shouldn't be an Israeli-Palestinian issue. This should be a human issue. Shame on you," it added, alongside the hashtag #IsraelUnderAttack and a screenshot of Hadid streaming to Instagram Live from a protest wearing a traditional dress, a keffiyeh, and a face mask.
When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the elimination of the Jewish State.— Israel ישראל (@Israel) May 16, 2021
This shouldn't be an Israeli-Palestinian issue. This should be a human issue.
Shame on you.#IsraelUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/PJQHT90cNy
Supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid sparked outrage earlier this week after sharing an Instagram post suggesting that Israel was not a legitimate country but rather a land settled by colonizers. Bella shared a series of cartoons on Wednesday, May 12 with her nearly 42 million followers on the platform, painting Israelis as "occupiers" and Palestinians as the "oppressed".
Gigi stepped into the firestorm by liking her sister's post, further legitimizing the cartoons. The post has since been deleted, the Daily Mail reported.
Bella, 24, attended pro-Palestine protests in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 15. Her father Mohamed Hadid is Palestinian. The Israel-Palestine conflict has sparked a discussion online, with several celebrities weighing in to offer their views.
Thousands of anti-Israel protesters took to the streets over the weekend to slam the measures undertaken by Israel. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of at least 145 people in Gaza and eight in Israel.
Hadid faced major backlash for sharing images that declared Israel was not a country. Earlier, Israeli Hollywood star Gal Gadot was forced to disable comments on her post about the conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas.
"My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people," the 36-year-old Wonder Woman star wrote on Instagram. "This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same," she continued. "I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days."
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in several major cities across the country calling for an end to Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip amid the worst skirmish in years. At least two thousand people took to the streets in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, chanting 'Free, free Palestine' and 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.' Meanwhile, they waved flags and placards that read 'End Israeli Apartheid' and 'Freedom for Gaza.'