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NY Post
Page Six
2 Dec 2023

NextImg:Gigi Hadid seen with stern look on her face in first sighting since inflammatory Israel post

Gigi Hadid was spotted arriving in New York City days after deleting a polarizing Instagram post regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

In new photos, Hadid kept a stern look on her face as she wheeled her luggage through JFK airport Friday.

She wore an oversized leather jacket with a gray undershirt during her travels. She also rocked black straight-legged pants, which she complemented with a belt and sunglasses to tie it all together.

Hadid’s arrival in the Big Apple comes after she released a lengthy apology over a factually incorrect post claiming that Israel was the “only country in the world that keeps children as prisoners of war.”

The since-deleted post also claimed that Israel was to blame for the “abduction, rape, humiliation, torture [and] murder of Palestinians years and years and years before Oct 7 2023.”

The supermodel apologized via Instagram Tuesday after reposting factually incorrect information.

The supermodel, who has been an outspoken advocate for Palestinians since the war in Gaza began in October, issued an apology Tuesday admitting that she didn’t “fact check” her post.

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“As someone of Palestinian descent, the endless heartbreaking news and imagery coming out of Gaza has been painful and often overwhelming,” Hadid wrote via Instagram.

“It is important to me to share the real stories about the hardships that Palestinians have endured and continue to endure, but this weekend I shared something that I did not fact check or deeply think about prior to posting.”

Hadid admitted that she didn’t “fact check” her information before reposting it, claiming that she is “human” and she “make[s] mistakes.”

Hadid’s post also included photos of Ahmed Manasra, a Palestinian who was convicted on two counts of attempted murder in relation to stabbings at a Jewish settlement in 2015.

Hadid’s post claimed that Almanasra was “abducted by the #Israeli occupation at the age of 12” and has “endured solitary confinement despite his severe health condition.”

After garnering backlash for her post, Hadid explained that her accidental sharing of misinformation was an attempt to “show the ways in which international law is being undermined by the Israeli government.”

Hadid’s post claimed that Ahmed Manasra was “abducted by the #Israeli occupation.” However, Manasra was convicted on two counts of attempted murder in relation to a stabbing.

“In this case, I was trying to highlight how Palestinian children who are arrested by the [Israel Defense Forces] are often not given the same rights as an Israel child accused of the same crime would,” she added before stating that she regrets using the “wrong example.”

Hadid — emphasizing that she was not intending to fuel antisemitic beliefs — said that she “understands” that her massive following also comes with a “huge responsibility.”

“I’m human and I make mistakes. But I hold myself accountable for those mistakes,” she said. “I do not stand behind the spreading of misinformation, and have always condemned using the Free Palestine movement as justification for anti-Semitism.”