Pro-Palestinian model Bella Hadid recently spoke out against anti-Semitism amid the fallout from Kanye West’s comments on the Jewish community.
The rapper and fashion designer, who legally changed his name to Ye, sparked controversy after appearing at his label Yeezy’s fashion show in Paris wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “White Lives Matter”, a slogan commonly used by white supremacists as well as general opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Amid the backlash, West shared a screenshot of what appeared to be a text exchange with Sean “Diddy” Combs, in which he responded to the rap mogul’s objection to his stunt by stating that he “would show the jewish people who told you to call me so no one can threaten me or influence me.”
After West’s deleted post led to his Instagram account being restricted last week, the musician took his message to Twitter.
“I’m a little sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m gonna die con 3 on JEWS,” West posted in a tweet that is no longer available. “Funny thing is, I can’t be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jewish too. You played with me and tried to test everyone who opposes your agenda.”
West, who shares four children with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, appeared to use “death con 3” in reference to the US military defense state known as DEFCON. West was later banned from his Twitter account for violating the platform’s policies.
Hadid, who turned 26 on Saturday, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a statement in which she condemned anti-Semitism without directly naming West.
“To say that for the past two days, it hasn’t been difficult to celebrate my birthday or not to think about the things that have been [posted] on the street or said on public platforms, I would lie,” said Hadid, whose father, Mohamed Hadid, is of Palestinian origin.
“To allow any form of anti-Semitism to pass, however desensitized the world, would be doing a disservice to my friends, to the families I grew up with, to the people I love and work with, to myself- even and even the Palestinian cause as a whole,” she continued. “Because what we stand for is NOT hatred or violence.
“I will continue to be a voice for innocent targets no matter who you are or where you come from,” Hadid continued. “That being said, it is NOT acceptable. Anti-Semitism, or the targeting of any innocent Jewish person, anywhere, will never be acceptable.”
“I can’t stress how important it is for my followers to hear this loud and clear: this is a scary place to live where discrimination, death wishes are part of our daily lives. It’s scary that most people walk past something so horrible and go on with their lives unknowingly, completely unaware of how it might affect another human being,” Hadid wrote.
“But there is a time when we all need to talk. No matter what. If you feel something is wrong in your heart. Speak up. There are people I love in this world, people who happen to be Jewish and scared by the words that were used, they feel targeted, they feel uncomfortable and they feel confused.
“There is a generational trauma that is resurfacing,” she continued. “The generational trauma of their ancestors being tortured and taken away. There’s self-doubt. There are triggers, and I’m here to say if you see something, say something.
“To my Jewish loved ones, Jewish communities around the world, I am here to say that you belong, that you are worthy and that your right as a human being is to be ALIVE. Just like any other race , religion, shape or size. No one can choose where they come from, what is in their blood or who they are, and no one should be judged for what they cannot control.
“Again, to my supporters, if you see ANYONE saying something anti-Semitic, or being hostile to someone who might be different from them, call them. If they’re acting out of hate, call them. them. Every time. Let them know that there is no place for this kind of behavior in this world,” Hadid wrote.
“To part ways would be the greatest downfall of all. We must always stand together. In the same way that I expect hatred against ‘my’ people, ‘your’ people or ‘their’ people to be exposed , I will do it over and over again denounce ALL anti-Semitism, worldwide.”
Pleasemynews contacted West’s rep for comment.