Supermodel Bella Hadid has called out Instagram, after it deleted a post honoring her father “and his birthplace of Palestine.” The Facebook-owned company said the post broke its community guidelines, but Hadid wasn’t satisfied.
Hadid shared a photo of her father’s expired American passport on Tuesday, which lists his place of birth as “Palestine.”The picture, posted to Hadid’s story and accompanied with the text “I am proud to be Palestinian,” was soon removed by Instagram.
In a follow-up post, Hadid explained that Instagram sent her a message claiming that the post breached the site’s community guidelines on “hate speech, harassment and bullying.”
“Exactly what part of me being proud of my father’s place of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity’?”she asked. “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying.”
“You can’t erase history by silencing people,” she added. “It doesn’t work like that.”
Hadid is certainly not one to be silenced on the issue of her ancestral homeland. The supermodel regularly posts about Palestine and drew cheers from fans in 2017 when she joined a protest march in London against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Marching in a red party dress, Hadid later said that “the treatment of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated.”