Bella and Gigi Hadid to donate $1 million to Palestinian relief

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Gigi (left) and Bella Hadid

LOS ANGELES, June 3: In a significant display of solidarity, supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid have collectively donated $1 million to aid groups supporting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The funds will be distributed among four organizations: Heal Palestine, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, World Central Kitchen, and United Nations Relief and Works Agency, according to Bella’s agent.

The sisters, whose father is Palestinian real-estate developer Mohamed Anwar Hadid, have been vocal about their support for those affected by the conflict in Gaza. Gigi, 29, and Bella, 27, have both expressed empathy and heartbreak for the Palestinian struggle and the lives lost in the conflict.

Gigi’s Instagram post following Hamas’ October 7 attacks on Israel garnered millions of likes. She wrote, “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.” She also emphasized her deep empathy for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation, stating that it is a responsibility she holds daily.

Bella, in a separate post, expressed her devastation at the loss of the Palestinian people and the lack of empathy from global governments. She also shared that she is the child of a Nakba survivor, referring to the mass displacement and dispossession of Palestinians during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Mohamed Hadid, the sisters’ father, has also used social media to express his views on the conflict. In a recent post, he called President Joe Biden “the butcher of Gaza” and stated that he would “never vote” for him again.

The donations come in the wake of a major Israeli assault on the southern Gazan city of Rafah, which resulted in the deaths of 45 people in a tent camp following an Israeli airstrike. This incident prompted global outrage and led to President Biden announcing a three-phase proposal to end the war in Gaza.

The plan includes a cease-fire, the exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza. On Saturday, protesters gathered in Tel Aviv and around the world, demanding Israel’s leaders accept the proposal. The Tel Aviv demonstration was described as the largest since Hamas’ October 7 attacks, with over 1,200 people killed in Israel and around 240 taken hostage in Gaza.

The conflict in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry. The Hadid sisters’ significant donation is a testament to their commitment to supporting those affected by the ongoing conflict.

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