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Gigi Hadid attacked online for her views on Middle East

Newshub logoNewshub 17/05/2018 Newshub staff

Gigi Hadid holding an umbrella © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited Supermodel Gigi Hadid has once again found herself embroiled in controversy online after weighing in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hadid, who is half Palestinian, tweeted an Al Jazeera article detailing the violence that recently occurred in the Gaza Strip in Israel.

The protests - which left dozens dead and thousands injured - followed the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

The Vogue cover girl also included a repost from her cousin Lina Hadid referencing the displacement of the Palestinian people in 1948, including the Hadid family. 

"I've said it before and I'll say it again," she wrote. "For me, this is not about religion or one against the other - it's about the greed. #FreePalestine #freegaza #coexist".

The statement divided fans, some of whom accused Hadid of taking an anti-Israel stance.

"So you're saying that Jews who want to live in their homeland in peace and defend against shooting and bombing attacks are "greedy!?" one comment read.

Hadid responded: "I didn't call Jews greedy, but anyone who can't look past their own ego will twist it that way."

"I'm saying coexistence (Palestinians & Israelis, as they once before lived...) is to not live in greed. That's all I'd hope for. I don't agree with the violence from either side," she added.

The 23-year-old posted several more tweets in defence of her position before threatening to leave Twitter altogether, calling social media "frustrating and twisted".

"I'm just gunna start keeping my opinions to myself," she wrote.

Despite her promise to remain neutral from now on, Hadid couldn't help but include her stance on the viral 'Yanny vs. Laurel' sensation.

She simply tweeted 'Laurel', just six minutes after her last attempt to clarify her comments on the conflict in the Middle East.


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