Supermodel Bella Hadid called out Instagram early on Wednesday for deleting a story she posted of her father’s American passport with Palestine listed as his birthplace and criticized the platform for “not allow[ing her] to be Palestinian.”
Instagram had taken down her story because it violates their community guidelines, according to a screengrab shared by Hadid.
The platform has been criticized in the past for taking down posts and stories without providing details for why they were in violation of its guidelines.
“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 his 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.”
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.