Gigi Hadid has vowed to keep her opinions to herself after comments she made about the Israel-Palestine conflict received an instant backlash online.
The model, who has Palestinian heritage on her father Mohamed Hadid’s side, shared her thoughts on the recent violence in the Middle East, where 60 Palestinian protesters were killed in Gaza.
However, her comment that “greed” is fuelling the conflict and her call for a free Palestine, did not go down well with her legions of Twitter followers.
“Further & finally,” she began a tweet on Wednesday (16May18). “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 (because) tweets can never show real depth (sic).”
She also clarified that she wasn’t calling Jewish people “greedy” in her initial message, when Israeli education organisation Stand With Us questioned her use of the word greed, asking if she thought “that Jews who want to live in their homeland in peace and defend against shooting and bombing attacks” were greedy.
“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,” the 23-year-old replied. “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.”