Brainless beauties, those Hadid girls, Gigi and Bella, sashaying down the catwalks of the Western world, and their doting, equally empty-headed, stage-door papa, a real-estate tycoon, appear to have no other subject in their empty heads – as their Instagram postings make clear — than the hideousness of the Israelis and the sheer wonderfulness of the Palestinians they persecute. A report on the wildly misinformed and malevolent Hadids is here: “Hating With the Hadids: How a Family of Social Media Stars Is Waging War on Israel,” by Rachel O’Donoghue, Algemeiner, July 28, 2022:
Collectively, the Hadid family boasts 135 million Instagram followers, which is roughly the population of Israel 15 times over. It is, therefore, no exaggeration to say that the reach of the Hadid family is so immense, that a social media post from one of them has the power to influence countless people.…
Nazareth-born real estate magnate Mohamed Hadid seems to have no qualms about smearing the Jewish state, such as when he recently claimed the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was a “proud Palestinian.”
Golda Meir was making a point that completely escaped Mohammed Hadid. She was suggesting – and made this even clearer in the rest of that same interview — that the “Palestinian” identity could not be claimed by the Muslim Arabs alone. She, too, a Jew, had once had a “Palestinian” passport when she lived in the land known from 1921 to 1948 as Mandatory Palestine. Later, she says that the Muslim Arabs tried to claim the word “Palestinian” as belonging only to them, and what’s more, after the Six-Day War, they deliberately promoted the word from geographic adjective (“Palestinian Arabs”) to ethnic noun (“Palestinians,” tout court): “we are the Palestinians, the original inhabitants of ‘Palestine.” How do they explain their failure to self-identify as “Palestinians” between 1948 and 1967? It was only after their catastrophic defeat in the Six-Day War that the Palestinian Arabs, quite deliberately, began to call themselves the “Palestinian people.” Their defeat taught them that they would not be able to defeat Israel militarily until they had squeezed the Israelis back within the 1949 armistice lines, which would have stripped Israel of the Golan Heights, so essential to its defense against invasion from the north, and left it without military control of Judea and Samaria (a/k/a the West Bank) but instead with a nine-mile-wide waist from Qalqilya to the sea. The invention of the “Palestinian people” was a way to re-present what was in truth a gang-up of many Arab states against tiny Israel as being instead a conflict between “two tiny peoples” – the Palestinians and the Jews. The leader of the Palestinian terror group As Saiqa, Zuheir Mohsen, made this strategy clear in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 1970:
“The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons.”
Just this week, supermodel Bella Hadid took a page out of her father’s book, when she shared on her Instagram stories a post written by her cousin Lina that suggested Israel was occupying land that had been Palestinian for “4,000 years,” in addition to the claim that “Jesus was a Palestinian.”
With regards to the assertion that the land has been Palestinian for 4,000 years, HonestReporting has previously addressed this fantastic example of historical revisionism:
Palestine, or officially “Provincia Syria Palaestina,” was a name invented by the Romans in 135 CE as a replacement for “Judea,” in an effort to eliminate all expressions of Jewry in the region following the defeat of Bar Kohba in the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire. Similarly, Jerusalem was officially renamed Aelia Capitolina.
A little more detail needs to be given. After suppressing the second insurrection of the Jews against them in 135 A.D., the Romans renamed the area “Syria Palaestina,” that is, “Palestinian Syria” (from “Syria Palaestinorum,” that is, “Syria of the Philistines,” after a long-extinct Aegean people who had once settled near present-day Gaza), which soon was shortened to “Palestine.” This was done to efface the Jewish connection to the land. For the same reason, the Romans renamed Jerusalem as Aelia Capitolina. Unlike “Palestine,” “Aelia Capitolina” never took hold, and was soon discarded.
In fact, the Muslim conquest of the Levant did not occur until the early part of the seventh century, when Muslim armies began to take over large swathes of the Middle East.
Not a single Muslim Arab lived in “Palestine” until mid-way through the seventh century after Christ. It is the Jews who have lived continuously in Eretz Israel, the Land of Israel, for the last 3000 years.
Furthermore, the suggestion that Jesus was a Palestinian is also incorrect: Jesus was born in Judea and was identified as Jew. Indeed, the cross upon which Jesus is said to have been crucified was inscribed with INRI — Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm — which means “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” in Latin….
Ethnically, and religiously (until further notice came his way), Jesus was a Jew. Only in the geographical sense could one now describe him as a “Palestinian.” That has not stopped present-day Palestinians from claiming him as one of their own, betting on the ignorance and confusion of so many. Alas, they have too often been proved right.
Last May, when Israel was forced to defend itself after Gaza’s terrorist rulers Hamas fired a salvo of rockets at Jerusalem, Bella used her huge social media reach to claim that Israel is not a country, but rather a “group of settlers, who are colonizing Palestine.”
Eretz Israel was a country more than 2000 years before any of the Muslim Arab states were created. The Jews are not “settlers” in, or “colonizers” of, their very own land, that had been taken from them and ruled successively by Romans, Byzantines, Ottoman Turks, and the British. During all this time the Land of Israel remained the religious center, and object of political longing, of Jews everywhere.
Beginning around the turn of the twentieth century, the Zionists in Europe started to return to Eretz Israel in order to reestablish the ancient Jewish commonwealth, by buying land from their Arab and Turkish owners, usually at exorbitant prices. The Jews also inherited state and waste lands that had belonged to the Ottoman rulers, and then been held by the Mandatary, Great Britain, until May 14,1948, when such lands became the property of the Israeli government. Note to Bella Hadid, please, sois-belle et tais-toi.
In the now-deleted post, the model also claimed there was no “fighting” — despite the rockets that fell in Israeli towns and cities proving otherwise — and said that Israel was guilty of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” — two fallacious claims that have been thoroughly debunked on numerous occasions.
As for the first charge, of “ethnic cleansing,” Bella Hadid has in mind the supposedly large-scale expulsion by Israel of Arabs living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem. But the conflict in Sheikh Jarrah is between individuals – Arab squatters, and Jewish property owners, to whom those squatters have for years refused to pay even a peppercorn rent despite those owners providing irrefutable evidence of their clear unclouded titles. There has been no expulsion of Arabs at all, but only evictions – a very different thing — of those Arab squatters who have continued to refuse the most generous of deals, whereby all past rent due would be forgiven, and from now on they would only have had to pay a most modest sum. Finally, after years of litigation, the Israeli courts have decided that the squatters should be evicted from those properties. These, remember, are simple property disputes, no different from those leading to more than a million evictions in the U.S. every year. And there is further proof that Israel is not engaged in “ethnic cleansing” in Sheikh Jarrah or, for that matter, in any other part of east Jerusalem. When Israel took over east Jerusalem in 1967, its Arab population was 66,000. Now it is 344,000.
Bella Hadid’s second charge, that Israel practices “apartheid,” only requires that we again offer the overwhelming contradictory evidence. In Israel, Arabs serve on the Supreme Court, sit in the Knesset, go abroad as diplomats. The chairman of the largest bank in Israel, Bank Leumi, Is an Arab. In Israel, Jews and Arabs work in the same offices and factories, study in the same universities, are treated in the same hospitals by the same medical personnel who include both Arabs and Jews. Jews and Arabs play on the same sports teams and in the same orchestras, There is only one difference between Jews and Arabs in Israel: Jews must, while Arabs may, serve in the military. Bella Hadid, I accept your apology.
Meanwhile, Bella’s supermodel sister Gigi has also spread her fair share of malicious anti-Israel propaganda, such as a post from March in which she compared the plight of Ukrainians following the invasion of their country by Russia to the situation felt by Palestinians:
“I am pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 [fashion] shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine. Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice. May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war – not leaders.” [emphasis added]
A massive dose of ahistoricism is required to make Gigi’s comparison. As such, a cold splash of reality is in order. Specifically, when Israel captured a number of territories during the Six-Day War it did so while fighting for its very survival against an onslaught by armies from neighboring Arab countries. A Palestinian state did not exist then, just as it does not exist today. Those captured territories, which Jerusalem offered to return in exchange for peace, were in fact taken from three countries that were aiming to eliminate Israel: Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
Ukraine, on the other hand, has never attacked or threatened to attack Russia. The latter is not acting in self-defense as Israel consistently has.
Gigi’s “solidarity” with Palestinians has veered into the utterly banal, such as her later-deleted post of artwork with the quote, “You Will Not Erase Palestine.”
“Banal” is right. And even more to the point, absurd. No one in Israel is trying to “erase Palestine.” The Israelis have repeatedly tried to make peace with the Palestinians, and been repeatedly rebuffed. Had the Israelis wanted to, in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 war, when they had managed to defeat three Arab states bent on the Jewish state’s destruction, and the Arabs remained in a state of shock. they could have pushed all of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria into Jordan. They did no such thing.
Of course, the oft-used assertion that Israel is on some nefarious mission to “erase” Palestinians or their imagined state totally ignores the salient fact that Israel has repeatedly attempted to see the actualization of a Palestinian state via multiple peace deals. As we know, these have all been turned down by a Palestinian leadership that is hellbent on taking a path of perpetual rejectionism….
Yassir Arafat turned down a peace deal offered by Ehud Barak in 2000; Mahmoud Abbas turned down a peace deal offered by Ehud Olmert. Since 2008 the Palestinians have refused to negotiate, and now, Mahmoud Abbas claims he is now ready, to negotiate a peace agreement, but only if in advance, Israel agrees to a deal that would be “based on the 1967 lines” – that is, the indefensible armistice lines of 1948, with that nine-mile wide waist from Qalqilya to the sea.
The lesser known Hadid sibling, Anwar, allegedly a model in his own right, has not even tried to mask his antisemitism and animus towards Israelis.
In May of last year, leaked messages from the 23-year-old show that he sent messages to an Israeli woman, Taylor Amrani, in which he called for the deaths of all members of the Israel Defense Forces, saying he wished to see them “erased from the planet.”
Anwar’s idea of a billet doux to an Israeli woman leaves much to be desired. He doesn’t hide his murderousness; he flaunts it.
In another message sent in response to an image of a 13-year-old girl who had been stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists, Anwar Hadid glibly replied that “at least she had a home to sleep in.”
The intolerable callousness of Anwar Hadid’s brutal response does not astonish – consider the family source – and, like his sisters and his papa, he also gets things dead wrong. His answer implies that while the Israeli girl had a home to live in, the Palestinians do not. What is he talking about? None of them are wandering about homeless. Millions of the Palestinians have, in fact, free housing, medical care, and education provided by UNRWA. Homeless refugees – the Ukrainians whose homes have been destroyed by the Russians, the Rohingya who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh – exist, but the Palestinians are not among them. They are, in fact, the recipients of more international aid than any other group of refugees created since World War II.
And perhaps revealing his tenuous understanding of Israeli-Palestinian affairs, the youngest of the Hadid siblings reportedly revealed to Amrani his belief that Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, is Israel’s leader.
Fact check, Anwar: Chaim Weizmann died in 1952.
In the case of the Hadid children, it seems that the apples do not fall far from the tree. Their father Mohamed has been called out for sharing some of the most egregious lies about the Jewish state imaginable, such as in 2020 when he attempted to link American police brutality to Israel.
This business of American police brutality having been learned from the Israeli police is a false accusation about a group of programs that sends American police chiefs to learn from their counterparts in Israel.
“The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services,” a British actress told a newspaper in one illustrative incident. A member of the British Parliament was demoted for sharing the story laudingly on social media.
Over the past couple of months, the accusation has popped up elsewhere. It’s the latest version of a claim that has circulated in anti-Zionist circles for years — that US police delegations to Israel serve to import brutal and militarized policing to the US.
The organizations running the trips say that beyond being false — the trips do not teach physical, on-the-ground tactics such as chokeholds — the claim that Israel encourages American police brutality is an anti-Semitic canard.
Although Anwar Hadid later apologized for the Instagram post, it rang somewhat hollow when just two months later, he attributed a false quote to Jewish physicist Albert Einstein that compared Zionists to Nazi Germany: “It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.”
But Einstein never said that. A committed and lifelong Zionist, he said this: “[The] Zionist cause is very close to my heart … I am very confident of the happy development of the Jewish colony and am glad that there should be a tiny speck on this earth in which the members of our tribe should not be aliens.” Anwar, and the rest of the Hadids, will make up anything at all, ignore history and the truth, to further the elimination of that “tiny speck on this earth” that is Israel.