In pictures: Bella Hadid joins pro-Palestine protest in NYC

Bella was wearing a traditional dress, a Keffiyeh and waved a large Palestinian flag as she marched along thousands

Entertainment Desk May 16, 2021

Supermodel Bella Hadid has been doing her bid to highlight the ongoing atrocities by Israel's Defence Forces (IDF) in Palestine. The 24-year-old joined a crowd of protesters Saturday in New York, who took to the streets of Bay Ridge for a demonstration in support of Palestine.

The outspoken fashion plate — whose wealthy father, Mohamed Hadid, is from Palestine — was wearing a traditional dress, a Keffiyeh, a face mask and waving a large Palestinian flag as she marched along with thousands of others.

Bella, who along with her sister Gigi is one of the world’s most in-demand models, flashed a peace sign and waved as the crowd chanted. She then took to Instagram and shared few pictures from the protest alongside a caption. 

"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," Bella shared, adding, "It’s free Palestine until Palestine is free!"

Earlier in the day, the Victoria Secret model posted a photo of her grandparent's wedding day, along with an image of her father as a boy next to his seven siblings and mom, to her Instagram, noting how they “were taken out of their homes in Palestine in 1948, becoming refugees in Syria, then Lebanon, then Tunisia.” She added, “I love my family, I love my heritage, I love Palestine. I will stand strong to keep their hope for a better land in my heart. A better world for our people and the people around them. They can never erase our history. History is history!”

She had also made another emotional post in support of her father’s homeland, including an image of tears streaming down her face.

“You cannot allow yourself to be desensitised 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,” she had written.

Previously, Bella reposted and shared content that explained the recent series of events in detail, which took place in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem throughout the past few days.

“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,” the model shared, adding, "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.”

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