Bella Hadid makes a powerful statement at Cannes, showcasing her support for Palestine with a striking Keffiyeh dress. Bold fashion with purpose.

Bella Hadid made a statement of support for Palestine amid the Israel-Gaza conflict as she stepped out wearing a dress fashioned from a Keffiyeh.

Outside of the Middle East and North Africa, the Keffiyeh gained popularity among pro-Palestinian activists; it is widely considered to be an symbol of solidarity with the Palestinians in their fight against Israel.

The model, 27, Bella, whose father is Palestinian real estate businessman Mohamed Hadid and mother is Dutch model Yolanda Hadid, made the subtle nod to the country while out during the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

The show of support comes after Bella was fact-checked after posting pictures taken in a refugee camp in Syria as she voiced support for Gaza and Palestinians.

Bella shared an image of children in Yarmouk after an ᴀssault by dictator Bashar al-ᴀssad during the Syrian civil war in 2013.

Bella Hadid made a statement of support for Palestine amid the Israel-Gaza conflict as she stepped out wearing a dress fashioned from a Keffiyeh
Outside of the Middle East and North Africa, the Keffiyeh first gained popularity among pro-Palestinian activists; it is widely considered to be an symbol of solidarity with the Palestinians in their fight against Israel
The model, 27, who has voiced her support for her homeland, made the subtle nod to the country while out during the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday

She captioned the Instagram post: ‘Gaza on my mind.’ After social media users began pointing out the pH๏τos were from in Syria, Instagram added a note saying the post was missing important context and could mislead people.

The note links to a web page that explains the images are from a refugee camp in Syria showing the victims of ᴀssad’s regime, not Israel.

It reads: ‘This post is misleading. This video was not filmed in Palestine. The video dates back 2013 from within the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.’

The misleading post remains on Bella’s Instagram after it was published and has been liked more than 1.6million times.

The footage is part of a film called Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege, that shows the aftermath of ᴀssad’s siege in Yarmouk, what was then the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the world.

It’s not the first time Los Angeles native has shared images from Syria that are missing context.

Back in November, the millionaire posted the same images of children in Syria sharing their hopes and dreams amid war and claimed they were taken in Gaza during the ongoing conflict with Israel.

At the time, she wrote: ‘Thousands of innocents Palestinian men women and CHILDREN imprisoned without trial.’

Instagram added a note saying it was missing important context and could mislead people
The show of support comes weeks after Bella was fact-checked after posting pictures taken in a refugee camp in Syria as she voiced support for Gaza and Palestinians
Her brunette locks were worn in a slicked back bun and she enhanced her pretty features with a soft pallet of make-up
Back in November, the millionaire posted the same images of children in Syria sharing their hopes and dreams amid war and claimed they were taken in Gaza
Bella's older sister Gigi apologized last November after claiming Israel 'is the only country in the world' keeping children as prisoners of war
Bella was pictured walking along eating an ice cream
She was snapped returning to the H๏τel Martinez amid her stay in the resort town
Bella stopped to enjoy her ice cream on a wall with a seaview
Bella stopped to enjoy her ice cream on a wall with a seaview
Bella is the daughter of businessman Mohamed Hadid and Dutch model Yolanda Hadid

Syrian-Americans have been quick to call out the model over the misleading posts on the war.

‘This is not the first time she’s done this with these SAME IMAGES of children from Yarmouk,’ wrote American Enterprise Insтιтute media strategist Kareem Rifai.

‘Completely unacceptable and irresponsible for a mega-celebrity with mᴀssive reach. Syrians are still being killed by ᴀssad every day.’

Bella’s older sister Gigi apologized last November after claiming Israel ‘is the only country in the world’ keeping children as prisoners of war.

To prove her point, she had shared an image of Palestinian Ahmad Manasra, who was 13 when he was arrested after stabbing a 20-year-old Israeli security guard and a 13-year-old boy in Jerusalem.

Bella spoke publicly for the first time about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, saying that ‘there is an urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza that must be attended to’ in an Instagram post in October last year.

She shared a detailed statement calling for pressure to be put on political leaders to ‘stand together in defending humanity and compᴀssion.’

Bella spoke about the sensitive issue more than two weeks after her sister Gigi talked publicly about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

‘I have yet to find the ideal words for this deeply intricate and horrific past two weeks, weeks that have turned the worlds attention back toward a situation that has been taking innocent lives, and affecting families for decades,’ she said. ‘I have much to say, but for today, I will keep it short.’

She continued: ‘I’ve been sent hundreds of death threats daily, my phone number has been leaked, and my family has felt to be in danger.

Bella took to Instagram with a detailed statement calling for pressure to be put on political leaders to 'stand together in defending humanity and compᴀssion'
Bella did not make any further reference to the cause during the outing
Bella wore her hair slicked back in a scrunchie and opted for a soft face of make-up
Bella's dress was undeniable inspired by the Palestinian symbol
She was pictured making her way back to her H๏τel

‘But I cannot be silenced any longer. Fear is not an option. The people and children of Palestine, especially in Gaza, cannot afford our silence. We are not brave – they are.’

She said that ‘seeing the aftermath from the air strikes in Gaza, I mourn with all the mothers who have lost children and the children who cry alone, all the lost fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, friends, that will never again walk this earth.

‘Regardless of the history of the land, I condemn the terrorist attacks on any civilians, anywhere. Harming women and children and inflicting terror does not, and should not do any good for the Free Palestine movement.’

Bella addressed the plight of ‘the Israeli families that have been dealing with the pain and aftermath of’ the October 7 attack from Hamas, saying she ‘mourned’ for them.

‘I believe deep in my heart that no child, no people anywhere, should be taken away from their family either temporarily or indefinitely,’ she said. ‘That goes for Israeli and Palestine people alike.’

Bella said that ‘it’s important to understand the hardship of what it is to be Palestinian, in the world that sees us is nothing more than terrorist resisting peace,’ calling the characterization ‘harmful,’ ‘shameful’ and ‘categorically untrue.’

Bella in her statement opened up about her family’s ‘generational trauma’ stemming from the longtime conflict in the Middle East.

‘My heart is bleeding with pain from the trauma I am seeing unfold, as well as the generational trauma of my Palestinian blood,’ she said.

The supermodel has been outspoken about her beliefs on the issue
Bella last year said that she has lost friendships and professional opportunities over her stated beliefs on the Israel-Palestine conflict

Bella continued: ‘My father was born in Nazareth in the year of the Nakba (the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948).

‘Nine days after he was born, he, in his mothers arms, along with his family were expelled from their home in Palestine, becoming refugees, away from a place they once called home. My grandparents, Never being allowed to return.’

Bella said her family has ‘witnessed 75 years of violence against Palestinian people – most notably, brutal settler invasions, which led to the destruction of entire communities, murder in cold blood and the forcible removal of families from their homes.’

The supermodel, who has worked for labels including Balmain, Givenchy, Chanel and Victoria’s Secret, added that ‘the practice of settlements and Palestinian land still continues to this day,’ and ‘the pain of that is unimaginable.’

Bella in her post said that ‘we must all stand together in defending humanity and compᴀssion – and demanding that our leaders do the same. All religions are peace – it is governments that are corrupt, and intertwining.’

She continued: ‘The two makes for the greatest sin of all. We are one and God has created all equal. All bloodshed, tears and bodies should be mourned with the same respect.’

Bella said that ‘there is an urgent humanitarian crisis in Gaza that must be attended to,’ as ‘families need access to water and food’ and ‘hospitals need fuel to power generators, tend to the wounded and keep people alive.

‘Wars have laws – and they must be upheld no matter what.’

Bella struggled with eating the ice cream before it melted
She cooled off with the icy treat in the H๏τ weather
Bella looked typically stylish during the outing
The dress was form-fitting and featured a ruffled skirt
The dress was form-fitting and featured a ruffled skirt
Bella wiped off a drip of ice cream which had melted onto her chest
The celebrity beamed as she was snapped eating the ice cream

Bella stressed to her followers that people ‘need to keep pressure on our leaders, wherever we are, not to forget the urgent needs of the people of Gaza, and to ensure that innocent Palestinian civilians are not the forgotten casualties of this war.’

She wrapped up in saying, ‘I stand with humanity, knowing the peace and safety belong to all of us.’

Bella said in 2022 that she has lost friendships and professional opportunities over her stated beliefs on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

‘There have been so many brands that have stopped working with me; a lot of friends have also turned their backs on me,’ Bella told journalist Noor Tagouri on her podcast Rep last year.

‘I had friends that completely dropped me, like even friends that I had been having dinner with on Friday nights, for seven years, now just won’t let me into their house.’

The conflict began October 7 when Hamas militants stormed the Supernova music festival on and slaughtered hundreds of Israeli people, taking hostages to take back to Gaza.

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