Gigi Hadid Condemns Israel-Hamas War, Receives Death Threats
Last week, supermodel Gigi Hadid took to social media to express her thoughts on the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Being of mixed Palestinian heritage, Hadid used her platform to condemn the terrorizing of innocent individuals while emphasizing that supporting Palestinian liberation should not be mistaken for anti-Semitism.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas was ignited when Hamas launched a surprise attack, prompting the Israeli military to respond with airstrikes. Tragically, thousands of civilians lost their lives, and countless others were displaced as a result. In response to these devastating events, Hadid shared a powerful graphic on Instagram, denouncing the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians and reiterating that supporting the Palestinian cause does not equate to supporting Hamas.
Surprisingly, Israel’s official Instagram account reposted Hadid’s graphic; however, they manipulated and twisted the original words to condemn Hamas instead. This move sparked controversy and led to significant backlash, with many pointing out that the post misrepresented Hadid’s intentions in her initial statement.
Unfortunately, the backlash against Hadid did not end with heated social media debates. Reports have indicated that the entire Hadid family, including Gigi, Bella, Anwar, Yolanda, and Mohamed, have been subjected to death threats since the statement was made. Threats have been received through email, social media platforms, and even private phone calls. The severity of the situation prompted the family to take immediate action, such as changing their contact numbers and considering involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for protection.
Regrettably, the Hadids found themselves caught in a wider pattern of escalating threats against Jewish and Muslim Americans during the Israel-Hamas conflict. The FBI has observed a surge in such incidents, with recent cases such as a man in Michigan being charged with making terrorism threats and a tragic hate crime in a Chicago suburb resulting in the death of a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy.
Despite the alarming nature of the threats against them, the Hadid family has chosen not to publicly address the situation up to this point. However, their decision to potentially involve law enforcement suggests that they are taking the threats seriously and prioritizing their safety and well-being.
As tensions persist in the Israel-Hamas conflict, it is essential to remember the consequences that extending the conflict into personal lives can have. Online debates should not escalate to death threats, and it is crucial for individuals on both sides to engage in respectful dialogue without resorting to violence or intimidation.
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