Bella Hadid Sparks Controversy with Palestinian Rights Support

The defense of the rights of the Palestinians by the American model Bella Hadid has earned her the wrath of Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israeli Minister of National Security (extreme right).

In an interview with an Israeli channel on Wednesday, Ben-Gvir said that the security and mobility rights of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank were more important than those of Palestinians.

“My right, that of my wife and my children, to travel on the roads of Judea – Samaria are more important than the right of movement of the Arabs,” said Ben-Gvir, referring to the territory occupied by the biblical term.

Hadid reacted on his Instagram account, with nearly 60 million followers, to denounce Ben-Gvir’s remarks against the Palestinians.

“Under no circumstances, at any time, especially in 2023, should one life be considered more valuable than another, including on the basis of ethnicity, culture or unfounded animosity,” he said. she writes.

The supermodel, whose father is Palestinian, also posted a video by Israeli rights group B’Tselem, showing Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron explaining to a resident that Palestinians don’t are not allowed to walk on a certain street because it is reserved for Jews.

“Does this remind anyone of anything?” she wrote.

Ben-Gvir responded in a statement on Friday, saying the model “hated Israel” and accusing her of posting only a snippet of the interview “with the intention of portraying me as a racist and harmful”.

The Israeli minister’s remarks have already drawn widespread condemnation, notably from the United States, which called them “racist rhetoric”.

Itamar Ben-Gvir holds far-right views towards the Palestinians and has called for their removal. He repeatedly joined Israeli settlers in storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

In a leaked recording in November, Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned that “the whole world is worried” about Ben-Gvir’s far-right views.

An estimated 700,000 Israeli settlers live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the occupied West Bank.

Under international law, all Jewish settlements located in the occupied territories are considered illegal.

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