Bella Hadid has accused Instagram of bullying after the photo-sharing site removed a picture of her Palestinian-born father Mohamed Hadid’s passport.
Model Bella had added the snap to her Instagram Stories, with the words, “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine”.
Mohamed’s American passport states Palestine as his place of birth.
Later, she updated her 31.4 million followers that Instagram bosses had taken issue with the passport picture.
Sharing a screengrab of the post’s removal, which stated the reason for deleting was because it goes against community guidelines, Bella raged: “A message to me from @instagram… Instagram removed my story that only said ‘My baba And his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photograph of his American passport. @instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers (sic) birth place of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment , graphic, or sexual nudity?’ Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that.”
She then reposted the original photo accompanied by a fresh declaration of pride, and asked if they wanted Mohamed to change his birthplace.
“I am proud to be Palestinian (red heart). Everyone should post where their mother and fathers were born today (sic)! Remind them how proud you are of where you come from!” the 23-year-old wrote.
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