Gigi Hadid was appeared to be in good spirits as she was pictured smiling while meeting friends in New York City on Tuesday to go shopping – amid reports that she and her family have received death threats following her support for Palestine.
It has been claimed that she and her family have now been forced to change their phone numbers after she shared various political infographics to her official Instagram account.
The half-Palestinian model, 28, has been frank about her views on social media in recent days amid a grisly new flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Gigi – whose property developer father Mohamed Hadid is Palestinian – was then slammed by Israel’s government for her posts in support of the Palestinian people.
Out and about: Gigi Hadid was spotted cheerfully meeting up with her friends and indulging in a spot of retail therapy when she surfaced in New York on Tuesday
Keeping her spirits up: It has been claimed that she and her family have received death threats after sharing their support for Palestine online
Candor: The half-Palestinian model, 28, has been frank about her views on social media in recent days amid a grisly new flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
It has now been claimed that Gigi and her family have been receiving death threats over their support for Palestine and have reportedly been forced to take action.
Gigi and her family, including supermodel sister Bella, 27, brother Anwar, 24, and parents Yolanda and Mohamed, have all had to change their phone numbers amid the threats, according to TMZ.
Sources told the publication that the family have received horrific threats via email, social media and their phones, after their numbers were reportedly leaked online.
It has also been claimed that real-estate developer Mohamed is considering going to the FBI over the spate of death threats.
Mohamed also has children Marielle, 43, and Alana, 38, with his ex Mary Butler.
MailOnline has contacted Gigi, Bella, Yolanda and Mohamed’s representatives for comment.
Since the terror organization Hamas, who were at one time democratically elected by the Palestinian people to lead Gaza, attacked Israel on October 7, death tolls have climbed on both sides to 4,000.
Israel has since launched retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip and cut off electricity to the small area of land, which is home to over two million Palestinians, fueling fears that the impoverished population will be plunged into further misery.
Gigi voiced her support for the Palestinian people over the weekend as she posted a graphic to her Instagram Stories about the latest conflict.
It read: ‘There is nothing Jewish about the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians. Condemning the Israeli government is not antisemitic and supporting Palestinians is not supporting Hamas.’
Her father Mohamed also shared the same graphic to his own Instagram grid alongside the caption: ‘Just that simple.’
However, Israel’s government quickly skewered her position, posting on their Stories a response to Gigi’s commentary about the conflict.
It read: ‘There is nothing valiant about Hamas’ massacre of Israelis. Condemning Hamas for what it is (ISIS) is not anti-Palestine and supporting Israelis in their fight against barbaric terrorists is the right thing to do.’
The account of the State of Israel then directed comments at Gigi specifically, tagging her account and writing: ‘Have you been sleeping the past week?’
‘Or you just fine turning a blind eye to Jewish babies being butchered in their homes? Your silence has been very clear about where you stand. We see you.’
The Israeli government posted an image of what appeared to be a blood-stained floor next to children’s toys and wrote: ‘If you don’t condemn this your words mean NOTHING,’ again tagging Gigi.
In another post shared to her Instagram grid, Gigi shared her condolences with both her Palestinian and Jewish loved ones as she commented on the conflict.
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.
‘I have deep empathy wand heartbreak for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation, it’s a responsibility I hold daily.
Threats: Gigi and her family, including sister Bella and parents Yolanda and Mohamed (pictured in 2016), have reportedly had to change their phone numbers amid the threats
Words: Gigi voiced her support for the Palestinian people over the weekend as she posted a graphic to her Instagram Stories about the latest conflict
Slammed: However , Israel’s government quickly skewered her position, posting on their Stories a response to Gigi’s commentary about the conflict
Condolences: In another post shared to her Instagram grid, Gigi shared her condolences with both her Palestinian and Jewish loved ones as she commented on the conflict
‘I also feel a responsibility to my Jewish friends to make it clear, as I have before: While I have hopes and dreams for Palestinians, none of them include the harm of a Jewish person.
‘The terrorizing of innocent people is not in alignment with and does not do any good for the “Free Palestine” movement.
‘The idea that it does has fueled a painful, decades-long cycle of back and forth retaliation (which no innocent civilian, Palestinian or Israeli deserves to be a casualty of), and helps perpetuate the false idea that being Pro-Palestine=anti-Semitic.
‘If you are hurting, as I share my condolences today with my loved ones, both Palestinian and Jewish, I’m sending you my love and 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 to heal the deep wounds of so many, but I pray for the safety of innocent lives, always.’
Her father Mohamed, who has posted a string of posts in support of Palestine, re-shared her message to his own Instagram page.
In the wake of the Hamas massacre, Mohamed took to Instagram to post a statement that blamed the unimaginably bloody Palestinian terror attack on Israel.
‘This less of a human and Bibi and the far right government of this Zionist State is 100 percent responsible for creation of this massive escalation between the occupied and the occupier,’ he wrote, showing a picture of far-right, pro-settlements Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.
Family: As well as Gigi, Yolanda and Mohamed share supermodel daughter Bella, 27, and an actor son Anwar, 24. Mohamed also shares Marielle, 43, and Alana, 38, with his ex Mary Butler
Comments: Gigi’s younger sister Bella has yet to speak out about the conflict, but has been forthright about her support for the Palestinian cause in the past
While many supported Mohamed’s message, some were quick to admonish him for posting such a message on the day of the Hamas attacks.
Two days later, he posted a picture of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the caption: ‘To Be Clear I condemn the killing and hostage taking or abusing, torturing of civilians. Of Arab Muslims, Jews or Christians.
‘And complete disapproval of the treatment of the occupation against the occupied.’
Mohamed was born in 1948 in what is now Nazareth, Israel, and has previously said he took it upon himself to ensure that each of his children understood and revered their Palestinian identities.
Gigi’s younger sister Bella has yet to speak out about the latest conflict, but has been forthright about her support for the Palestinian cause in the past.
In June 2022, she posted to Instagram: ‘I will never allow anyone to forget about our beautiful Palestine, or our beautiful people.’
‘Everyday I wish I could go back in time, to when I was a child, so that I could start fighting for Palestine sooner,’ she continued. ‘For my family, for my elders, our history and for the people of Palestine still living, now, through this treacherous, exhausting and painful occupation.’
Meanwhile, in October 2022, Gigi and Bella’s younger brother Anwar spoke about his support for the Palestinian cause as he graced the cover of GQ Middle East.
Anwar and a friend also co-produced a film that GQ Middle East called ‘an eye-opening new documentary that breaks through the noise to highlight the pain and power of Palestinian resistance’.
Candid: In October 2022, Gigi and Bella’s younger brother Anwar spoke about his support for the Palestinian cause as he graced the cover of GQ Middle East
Conflict: Israel has vowed retaliation against the Palestinian terror group Hamas after its fighters stormed through the border fence on October 7. Pictured: Kibbutz Be’eri in southern Israel after the early morning raid
Fighting: A 360,000-strong IDF has assembled to prepare for battle with Hamas as Israeli leaders have sworn to eliminate every last operative of the terror group from the earth
‘The idea came to us as a way to humanize the Palestinian people, and allow our voices to be heard without judgment, in a way that is free and represents the people … and it just kind of evolved from there,’ he said.
Israel has vowed unprecedented retaliation against the Palestinian terror group Hamas after its fighters stormed through the border fence on October 7 and shot hundreds of Israelis in their homes, on the streets and at an outdoor music festival.
The Israeli government has launched a major retaliation of air strikes on Gaza and stopped the passage of food, water, fuel and medicine into the territory.
The hundreds of people killed in Hamas’s attacks includes 260 revellers gunned down at a music festival, and families – including children and babies – who were massacred in a kibbutz.
Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed 900 Palestinians, the territory’s health ministry said last week.