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Bella Hadid Slams Instagram Over Removal Of Her 'Proud To Be Palestinian' Post: 'You Can't Erase History'

Bella Hadid defends her "proud to be palestinian" post after IG removal

Bella Hadid is at odds with Instagram!

It all started when the supermodel shared a photo on July 2 of her father Mohamed Hadid‘s US passport, which has his birthplace listed as Palestine. With the pic, she shared the following caption:

“I am proud to be Palestinian.”

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The IG Story slide was later taken down, and it wasn’t until Tuesday the 23-year-old learned why! Quoting the social media app’s “community guidelines” of “bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity,” Hadid slammed the Facebook-owned platform for policing her heritage:

“A message to me from @instagram.

Instagram removed my story that only said ‘My baba and his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photo of his American passport.

@instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers birth place of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity’?

Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying.

You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that.”

Ch-ch-check out the screengrab (below):

bella hadid shares instagram's reasoning for her story removal
(c) Bella Haidd/Instagram Story

In a second post to her 31+ million followers, she uploaded the image of the 71-year-old’s passport again, writing along with it:

“Do you want me to change his birthplace for you? I am proud to be Palestinian.

Everyone should post where their mother and fathers were born today! Remind them of how proud you are of where you come from !!!”

Both Mohamed and Gigi Hadid showed support for Bella by reposting her content to their own IG Stories.

On Wednesday, Instagram’s parent company released a statement in response to the controversy, telling Page Six it was a “mistake”:

“To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram. In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn’t have been removed. We’ve restored the content and apologized to Bella for the mistake.”

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Bella isn’t the only Hadid to stand up for what she believes! Back in 2018, big sis Gigi caught heat on Twitter after weighing in on the Israel-Palestine conflict. After sharing screenshots from an article which detailed information about violence at the time on the Gaza Strip, she clarified later that her posts were not meant to be construed as “anti-anyone,” writing:

“You’ll all see whatever side you want. My intent is never to further separate groups in hatred- I live my life loving everyone regardless of religion/race. So I will say again for the last time, I’m not anti-anyone. I am only pro- coexistence. That is all. #freepalestine”

After receiving heated responses from every spectrum of the argument, the model wrote:

“Further & finally- I’m just gunna start keeping my opinions to myself. social media is one of the most frustrating & twisted things. Don’t be surprised when your faves drop off,it’s a double-edged sword. Everything’s taken & read the wrong way bc tweets can never show real depth”

Thoughts on this, y’all?? Are U buying Facebook’s apology? Let us know (below) in the comments.

[Image via Bella Hadid/Instagram.]

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Jul 08, 2020 12:45pm PDT