Bella Hadid has slammed Kanye West’s anti-Semitic posts and pledged her support for the Jewish community in an empassioned new post.
The supermodel, 26, referenced her Palestinian heritage as she declared she would not stand for ‘hatred or violence’ in the wake of 45-year-old Kanye’s vile posts – which saw him vow to go ‘death con 3 on Jewish people.’
Bella wrote: ‘To say that for the past two days it hasn’t been hard to celebrate my birthday or to not think of the things that have been [posted] on the street or said on public platforms, I would be lying.
Fury: Bella Hadid has slammed Kanye West’s anti-Semitic posts and pledged her support for the Jewish community in an empassioned new post
‘To allow any form of anti-semitism to slip by, as desensitized as the world has become, it would be a disservice to my friends, the families I have grown up with, the people I love and work with, myself, and even the Palestinian cause as a whole. ‘Because what we stand for is NOT hatred or violence.
”I will continue to be a voice for the innocently targeted no matter who you are or where you come from. With that being said, this is NOT okay. Anti-semitism, or targeting any innocent Jewish person, anywhere, will never be okay.
‘I can’t stress how important it is for my following to hear this loud and clear: It is a scary place to live in where discrimination, of death wishes are something of our everyday.
Outrage: The supermodel, 26, referenced her Palestinian heritage as she declared she would not stand for ‘hatred or violence’ in the wake of 45-year-old Kanye’s vile posts – which saw him vow to go ‘death con 3 on Jewish people’
‘It is scary that most people would swipe past something so horrendous and unknowingly go on with their life, completely unaware of how it could affect another human being.
‘But there is a point where we all have to speak up. No matter what. If you feel something is wrong in your heart. Speak up.
‘There are people that I love in this world, people that happen to be Jewish that feel scared by the words that have been used. They feel targeted, they feel uneasy, and they feel confused.’
‘There is generational trauma resurfacing. Generational trauma of their ancestors being tortured and taken. There is self-doubt. There are triggers, and I am here to say that if you see something, say something.
Bella also urged her fans to help stamp out anti-Semitism, writing: ‘Again, to my followers, if you see ANYONE saying something anti-semitic, or being hostile to anyone who might be different from them, call them out’
‘To my Jewish loved ones, the Jewish communities worldwide, I am here to say that you belong, you are worthy and your right as a human being is to be ALIVE.
‘Just the same as 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 the things they cannot control.
Bella also urged her fans to help stamp out anti-Semitism, writing: ‘Again, to my followers, if you see ANYONE saying something anti-semitic, or being hostile to anyone who might be different from them, call them out. If they are acting on hate, call them out. Every. Time. Let them know there is no room for that kind of behavior in this world.
‘To separate us would be the biggest downfall of all. We need to stand together always.
‘The same way I expect hatred against “my” people, “your” people, or “their” people to be denounced, I will time and time again denounce ALL anti-semitism, worldwide.’
‘You’re a Karen born with a silver spoon in your mouth’: This comes after Kanye branded Gigi Hadid a ‘zombie’ as he took aim at the model again in a post on Friday as he continued their feud
This comes after Kanye lashed out at Bella’s older sister Gigi Hadid, 27, in another impassioned rant last week as he branded her a ‘privileged Karen’ and a ‘zombie’.
The rapper and the supermodel have been caught up in a war of words this week after she leapt to the defence of Vogue contributing editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who West had been accused of ‘bullying’ online.
In the latest exchange West lashed out as he shared a screenshot of a comment made by Gigi on Instagram in which she claimed the rapper did not treat ‘V’ like a friend.
While no further context was provided it appeared she was referencing late designer Virgil Abloh after West had been criticised for referencing the designer in his rants.
Gigi penned: ‘Finally…. Thank u! Even people who knew him for a percentage of the time knew kanye did not treat V like a friend ++ V LOVED GKJ…. He’s watching. [sic]’
Screengrabs: In the latest exchange West lashed out as he shared a screenshot of a comment made by Gigi on Instagram in which she claimed the rapper did not treat ‘V’ like a friend
In response Kanye shared in all caps: ‘Im not finna get ran over by Hollywood again. Gigi you a privileged Karen.
‘You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. You’re a zombie. You speak up here but didn’t speak up when my child was kidnapped on her birthday. [sic]’
Tensions between West and Hadid began brewing this week when the rapper took aim at stylist Karefa-Johnson after she criticised his controversial White Lives Matter clothing at his Paris Fashion Week show.
In his posts, West insulted Karefa-Johnson’s style and scoffed ‘this is not a fashion person’, before going on to share the ominous text ‘this means war’.
He also shared a text exchange with a person called Mowalola – presumably fashion designer Mowalola Ogunlesi who Ye picked to head up Yeezy Gap a few years ago – in which he has been urged ‘not to insult’ the writer.
The exchange prompted Hadid to comment that West didn’t have ‘a percentage of her intellect’, and said there was ‘no point to his s**t’.
Fuming: In response Kanye shared in all caps, ‘Im not finna get ran over by Hollywood again. Gigi you a privileged Karen. ‘You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. You’re a zombie’
Hadid wrote: ‘You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…. If there’s actually a point to any of your s**t she might be the only person that could save u. As if the “honor” of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion ..? Lol. You’re a bully and a joke.’
Hadid and Karefa-Johnson have worked together in the past, with the stylist telling ELLE earlier this year that she shares a ‘true friendship’ with the model and there is ‘deep respect and trust’ between them.
Hadid later added on her Story that Karefa-Johnson was ‘one of the must important voices in our industry and could school that disgraceful man in more ways than he knows.’
She also shared a lengthy statement from Vogue writer José Criales-Unzueta who accused West of ‘publicly bullying’ the stylist and said of his latest collection ‘It’s not smart. It’s not interesting. It’s not nuanced. It’s dangerous.’
This comes amid Kanye’s recent suspensions on Instagram and Twitter in response to his anti-Semitic posts.
Warning: West later shared an image of text that read: ‘Nobody say nothing to me in private that they wouldn’t say in public. I’m not yall’s personal hard drive [sic]’, captioning the post: ‘Jesus is king’
In a since-deleted tweet, he wrote, ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.’
He added: ‘The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.’
He had returned to the social media platform after two years away after he was suspended on Instagram after he posted text messages allegedly sent to Diddy in which he accused the rapper-turned-mogul of being controlled by Jewish people who were trying to quash his ‘White Lives Matter’ message.
After he was suspended from Instagram — which is owned by Facebook’s parent company Meta — the Monster rapper included a personal plea to Mark Zuckerberg on his Twitter.
”Look at this, Mark. How you gone kick me off Instagram. You use to be my n****,’ he wrote, while adding a photo fo the two performing karaoke together.
West’s anti-Semitic posts, which the American Jewish Committee has called ‘dangerous,’ were the latest in the line of offensive statements since he debuted a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt at his Paris Fashion Week show.
He wore the shirt, along with several of his models walking the runway, and he was joined by the controversial right-wing commentator and provocateur Candace Owens, who wore a complementary design.
During an interview with Tucker Carlson, the rapper-turned-designer suggested that his shirt was nothing but a self-evident provocation that came from his ‘connection with God.’
‘I do certain things from a feeling, I just channel the energy. It feels right, hits using a gut instinct, connection with God and just brilliance,’ he said, adding that the idea of him ‘wearing the shirt was funny.’
He also said that his father, whom he claimed is a former Black Panthers member, agreed.
‘I said, “Dad, why do you think it’s funny?” and he said: “It’s just a black man stating the obvious,”‘ he said during his interview with Carlson.
‘That was my favorite response, because I kept thinking: People are looking for an explanation. And people say as an artist you have don’t have to an explanation, but as a leader you do.’
Although West’s statement that ‘White Lives Matter’ is just ‘stating the obvious,’ the same logic has not always been applied to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement’s name by right-wing figures.
Gigi commented: You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…. If there’s actually a point to any of your s** she might be the only person that could save u… You’re a bully and a joke [sic]’