Israel accuses Bella Hadid of advocating 'throwing Jews into the sea' during pro-Palestinian march
Bella Hadid. Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images
Bella Hadid live streamed a pro-Palestinian protest over the weekend.
Israel's official Twitter account posted footage of the protest and criticized the model.
The Twitter account said Hadid was in favor of "the elimination of the Jewish state".
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The official Twitter account for the State of Israel posted a picture of Bella Hadid on Sunday on a pro-Palestinian march in New York, accusing the supermodel of advocating "throwing Jews into the sea".
Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, joined the pro-Palestinian march when the worst period of violence between Gaza and Israel lasted since 2014. Since last Monday, Israel has launched more than 1,000 air and artillery strikes into Gaza, killing at least 188 Palestinians, including 55 children, the Associated Press reports. Israeli forces have reported 10 dead and say militant groups fired more than 2,900 rockets, about a third of which were intercepted by Israel's air defenses, reports The Guardian.
Over the weekend, an Israeli air strike destroyed a building in Gaza that housed several international news organizations, including the AP and Al Jazeera.
On Sunday, Hadid streamed part of the protest live on her Instagram account, and Israel's official Twitter account posted a screenshot of part of Hadid's livestream with the caption: "When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate throwing Jews into the sea, they advocate the elimination of the Jewish state. This shouldn't be an Israeli-Palestinian issue. This should be a human issue. Shame on you. #IsraelUnderAttack. "
No footage posted on social media shows Hadid harming the Jewish people. However, the Israeli official Twitter account noted that it was referring to videos of the supermodel singing the decade-old slogan "From river to sea, Palestine will be free".
You can see Hadid saying the chant here.
The slogan has been used by Palestinian activists around the world and refers to the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, which mark the geographic and political borders of the State of Israel.
Palestinian organizers have long argued that the phrase is a chant in support of human rights and self-determination for Palestinians living within these borders. Israel has called the chant anti-Semitic and interpreted it as a call to abolish the State of Israel.
Israel's official Twitter account made a similar interpretation under its screenshot from Hadid's Instagram.
"For those of you who don't know," from river to sea, Palestine will be free "is a phrase used by those who call for the elimination of Israel (from river to sea ...).", the account tweeted.
The official Twitter account in Israel is managed by the digital diplomacy team of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Insider has asked both Hadid and the Israel Foreign Ministry for further comments.
Hadid was spoken out on social media about her support for Palestinian causes. She and her sister Gigi Hadid shared several infographics and personal statements on their Instagram accounts.
"I love my family, I love my heritage, I love Palestine. I will stay strong to keep her hope for a better country in my heart," she said in an Instagram post.
Last week, the model shared a series of infographics and images created by a pro-Palestinian account, Key48Return. She later deleted it after it was found that the post contained an anti-Semitic cartoon.
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