Instagram says Bella Hadid’s post on Palestinian father ‘shouldn't have been removed’

Bella Hadid and her father Mohamed Hadid pose as they arrive for a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. (File photo: AFP)

An Instagram story supermodel Bella Hadid had posted of her father’s American passport with Palestine listed as his birthplace “shouldn’t have been removed,” a spokesperson from Facebook told Al Arabiya English.

“To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram. In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn't have been removed. We've restored the content and apologize to Bella for the mistake,” the spokesperson said.

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Instagram took down her story because it violated their community guidelines, according to a screengrab shared by Hadid on Wednesday.

Bella Hadid criticizes Instagram for removing her story about her Palestinian father. (screengrab)

Bella Hadid criticizes Instagram for removing her story about her Palestinian father. (screengrab)

The Palestinian-American model had criticized the platform for “not allow[ing her] to be Palestinian.”

“Instagram removed my story that only said ‘My baba and his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photograph of his American passport,” the model said.

“Instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my father’s birthplace of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity?’ Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying.”

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The supermodel’s father, Mohammed Hadid, is a Palestinian-American real estate developer known for building luxury hotels and mansions in California.

The Hadid family are quite vocal about their Palestinian heritage, with the patriarch sharing pictures of his trips to the country, recipes, and old documents and maps.

Mohammed has also criticized Israel’s plans to annex nearly a third of the West Bank.

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