Supermodel Bella Hadid has declared she will never let anyone forget “beautiful Palestine”.
The supermodel, whose father Mohamed Hadid fled from the country when he was just a baby, recently shared a post on Instagram after watching a scene from the 1998 documentary Children of Shatila which is currently available to watch on Netflix.
The documentary by filmmaker Mai Masri follows the lives of two children who grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon.
Taking to social media, the 25-year-old revealed watching a scene from the documentary left her with “tears in my eyes”.
This led to her to reflect on her ancestors and family who have suffered, adding she wished she was able to “go back in time… [and] start fighting for Palestine sooner”.
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“For my family, for my elders, our history and for the people of Palestine still living now through this treacherous, exhausting and painful occupation,” she continued.
The model went on to remember her grandparents, her “Jido and Teta”, sharing that their “dying wishes” were to be “buried in their homeland”.
She went on to make a pledge to the country of her ancestors: “I have a promise to make. I will never allow anyone to forget about our beautiful Palestine, or our beautiful people.”
Hadid is vocal about her support for Palestine and continuously shares her pride for her heritage.
Back in 2020, the model paid tribute to her heritage by getting two tattoos in Arabic script which acknowledge her Palestinian background from her father’s side of the family.
Mohamed Hadid himself is a refugee from Palestine. He’s previously shared how he doesn’t have “a single picture of me [as] when I was a baby I was just about 9 days old when I and my family were refugees to the refugee camps in Syria from Palestine”.
After receiving Jordanian citizenship, the father-of-five eventually relocated to the US where he has resided for a number of years.
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