"My thoughts are with all those affected by this unjustifiable tragedy and every day that innocent lives are taken by this conflict – too many of which are children," pro-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday night.
Four full days have passed since the outbreak of the war in Israel and now, for the first time, Hadid, who is known as a great critic of the state, has turned to social media for the first time to share her feelings.
"I have deep empathy and heartbreak for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation. It is a responsibility I hold daily. I also feel a responsibility to my Jewish friends to make it clear as I have before: While I have dreams and hopes for Palestinians, none of them include the harm of a Jewish person," Hadid wrote.
"The terrorizing of innocent people … does not do any good for the Free Palestine movement. The idea that it does has fueled a painful, devastating cycle of back&forth retaliation (which no innocent civilian, Palestinian or Israeli, deserves to be a casualty of) and helps to perpetuate the false idea that being Pro- Palestine = antisemitism," she also wrote.
Hadid continued: "If you are hurting, as I share my condolences today with my loved ones, both Palestinian and Jewish, I'm sending you my love & strength – whoever and wherever you are. There are a lot of complex, personal and valid feelings, but every human deserves basic rights, treatment and security, no matter their nationality, religion, ethnicity or where they were born. I know my words will never be enough or heal the very deep wounds of so many, but I pray for the safety of innocent lives always."
In the first three hours after Hadid shared the post it had nearly 577,000 likes. She blocked the possibility of commenting.
This is the first and somewhat reserved reference of the supermodel of Palestinian origin (Mohammed Hadid's daughter) to the horrific massacre that took place on Saturday morning. Her sister Bella, a particularly passionate spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Movement, has not yet commented on the matter.