Bella Hadid joined protests in New York this weekend in support of Palestine, just hours after crying about the conflict on social media.
The supermodel, whose father Mohamed Hadid is Palestinian, attended the demonstrations in Bay Ridge on Saturday to campaign against the Israel-Hamas violence, which has left at least 139 Palestinians dead.
In photos and footage posted on her social media, Bella, 24, was seen marching alongside friends and posing while waving a large Palestinian flag.
She wrote in an Instagram post: ‘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!! ❤️
‘It’s free Palestine til Palestine is free!!! P.s. The Palestinian drip is real 💧 #FreePalestine.’
Not long before attending the protests, Bella shared a heartbreaking photo showing tears streaming down her face.
The runway star wrote alongside it: ‘I feel a deep sense of pain for Palestine and for my Palestinian brothers and sisters today and everyday. watching these videos physically breaks my heart into 100 different pieces [sic].
‘You cannot allow yourself to be desensitized to watching human life being taken. You just can’t. Palestinian lives are the lives that will help change the world. And they are being taken from us by the second. #FreePalestine.’
Fears of a full-scale war are growing as Israel continues its relentless airstrikes on Gaza, while Palestinian militants fire rockets into Tel Aviv. It’s the biggest outbreak of violence between the two sides since 2014.
Clashes began after more than 300 people were injured after Israeli police stormed into East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
Expressing her disgust at the attacks, Bella previously said: ‘There is no place for this !!! Especially in 2021!!!! it has always been #freepalestine . Always. I have a lot to say about this but for now , please read and educate yourself. This is not about religion.
‘This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization , ethnic cleansing , military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for years!’
Many other celebrities have weighed into the political conflict, including Rihanna, Idris Elba and Zayn Malik, while Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot came under fire for her post which was sympathetic towards her native Israel.
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