Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally

Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally 1 Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City.

Bella Hadid attended the same pro-Palestinian protest as the man arrested for allegedly beating a bystander in Times Square last week and calling him a ‘filthy Jew’ – and posted a picture of him on her Instagram.

The model posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of protestors in a procession on May 16, along with several other pictures and a video of herself at the rally in New York City.

In her post including a picture of Awawdeh among other protestors, Hadid wrote: ‘The way my heart feels … To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place… it feels whole! We are a rare breed!!’

Police say Awawdeh was among a gang of demonstrators who four days later punched a Jewish man to the pavement then pummeled him while he was down, yelling anti-Semitic epithets.

He is charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. 

A source close to Hadid said she does not know the man, did not associate with him at the protest and condemns any anti-Semitic violence.

Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh (circled) sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City. In her post Hadid wrote: 'The way my heart feels … To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place... it feels whole! We are a rare breed!!'

Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh (circled) sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City. In her post Hadid wrote: 'The way my heart feels … To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place... it feels whole! We are a rare breed!!'

Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh (circled) sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City. In her post Hadid wrote: ‘The way my heart feels … To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place… it feels whole! We are a rare breed!!’

Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally 2 Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City.

Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally 2 Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City.

Bella Hadid was seen at the peaceful demonstration that paraded through the Bay Bridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, in a black and white bandana and burgundy face mask. Later she sat on the back of a truck with other protestors waving Palestinian flags

On Friday, the NYPD identified 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the attack

On Friday, the NYPD identified 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the attack

On Friday, the NYPD identified 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the attack

Bella was seen in photos and videos immersed in the crowd as she protested last week

Bella was seen in photos and videos immersed in the crowd as she protested last week

Bella was seen in photos and videos immersed in the crowd as she protested last week

Video of the assault showed 29-year-old accountant Joseph Borgen left defenseless on the ground as he was battered by the angry mob outside of 1604 Broadway.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com last week, Borgen said there were eight to 10 people taking part in the beatdown and they were shouting anti-Semitic slurs such as: ‘You filthy Jew. We’re going to f*****g kill you. Go back to Israel. Hamas is going to kill you.’

Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com one day after he was left bruised and battered by a group of pro-Palestinian men in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday

Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com one day after he was left bruised and battered by a group of pro-Palestinian men in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday

Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com one day after he was left bruised and battered by a group of pro-Palestinian men in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday 

Brooklyn-based Awawdeh, 23, was arrested in connection with the attack on Thursday and was pictured being released from the 5th Precinct in handcuffs the next day.

In her earlier May 16 post including a picture of Awawdeh among other protestors, Hadid wrote: ‘The way my heart feels … To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving, kind and generous Palestinians all in one place… it feels whole! We are a rare breed!!’

She shared photographs of herself at the earlier, peaceful demonstration that paraded through the Bay Bridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, in a black and white bandana and burgundy face mask, sat on the back of a truck with other protestors waving Palestinian flags.

One photo shows Awawdeh perched on the hood of a Chevrolet truck in a black t-shirt and shorts and a headband in the Palestine flag colors, waving the crutch he later allegedly used to beat Borgen.

Stood with him on the car were a woman and three other men, one wearing a full face mask and beating a drum.

The Instagram post received over 4.5 million likes.

Hadid deleted the post after StopAntisemitism.org, an organization dedicated to tackling hate crimes against Jews, posted the picture on Twitter and identified Awawdeh.

‘Horrific – @bellahadid caught protesting with Waseem Awawdeh, the same man that was arrested for brutally assaulting an innocent Orthodox Jewish man in NYC last night!’ the organization wrote in the Tweet.

After Hadid deleted the picture, the organization called her out again, tweeting on Monday ‘@bellahadid you can delete/archive all the photos you want of your affiliation with Palestinian men that assault Jews in NYC but the internet is forever.’

A source with knowledge of Hadid’s movements at the May 16 protest told DailyMail.com that she had no contact with Awawdeh and that she does not know him.

Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally 4 Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City.

Bella Hadid protested alongside a man charged with a hate crime at pro-Palestine rally 4 Bella Hadid posted a picture of Waseem Awawdeh sitting on a car amid dozens of demonstrators at a pro-Palestine protest on May 16 in New York City.

 

Hadid deleted the post after StopAntisemitism.org, an organization dedicated to tackling hate crimes against Jews, posted the picture on Twitter and identified Awawdeh

Hadid deleted the post after StopAntisemitism.org, an organization dedicated to tackling hate crimes against Jews, posted the picture on Twitter and identified Awawdeh

Hadid deleted the post after StopAntisemitism.org, an organization dedicated to tackling hate crimes against Jews, posted the picture on Twitter and identified Awawdeh

Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and beaten with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 people

Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and beaten with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 people

 Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and beaten with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 people

Borgen recalled lying on the ground in a fetal position, 'trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive'

Borgen recalled lying on the ground in a fetal position, 'trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive'

Borgen recalled lying on the ground in a fetal position, ‘trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive’

The supermodel has become a lightning rod for criticism from Israelis and the country’s supporters after her outspoken backing of Palestinians in the conflict.

Hadid, 24, has already earned an official rebuke from the Israeli government itself after she posted a closeup of herself on social media with tears rolling down her nose, saying she felt a ‘deep sense of pain’ for the Palestinian people following the outbreak of fighting in Gaza.

‘You cannot allow yourself to be desensitized to watching human life being taken,’ Hadid wrote.

‘Palestinian lives are the lives that will help change the world. And they are being taken from us by the second.’

Following that picture and after Hadid appeared at the pro-Palestinian rally in Brooklyn, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account tweeted: ‘When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the elimination of the Jewish State.

‘This shouldn’t be an Israeli-Palestinian issue this should be a human issue,’ the Israeli ministry account wrote. ‘Shame on you.’

There is no footage of Hadid calling for Israelis to be harmed, and fact-checking website Snopes labeled Israel’s claim that Hadid wants to throw Jews into the sea as ‘unproven.’

On her Instagram account Hadid posted on May 12 ‘anti-semitism is NOT okay’ and ‘Jewish people are not responsible for the actions of the Israeli army or the government policies of Israel.’

In a separate post which remains on Hadid’s Instagram, the model wrote about her Palestinian heritage and longstanding support for demonstrators, sharing a picture of herself at a pro-Palestine protest four years ago.

‘It has always been #freepalestine. ALWAYS. I have a lot to say about this but for now, please read and educate yourself,’ she wrote.

‘This is not about religion. This is not about spewing hate on one or the other. This is about Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid over the Palestinian people that has been going on for YEARS!’

Bella’s father Mohamed Hadid was born in Nazareth — now in northern Israel — six months after Israel’s founding-father David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state in 1948. Her mother is Dutch former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid.

The model wrote about her Palestinian heritage and longstanding support for demonstrators, sharing a picture of herself at a pro-Palestine protest four years ago

The model wrote about her Palestinian heritage and longstanding support for demonstrators, sharing a picture of herself at a pro-Palestine protest four years ago

The model wrote about her Palestinian heritage and longstanding support for demonstrators, sharing a picture of herself at a pro-Palestine protest four years ago

The supermodel has become a lightning rod for criticism from Israelis and the country's supporters after her outspoken backing of Palestinians in the conflict and often posts about her pride in being Palestinian

The supermodel has become a lightning rod for criticism from Israelis and the country's supporters after her outspoken backing of Palestinians in the conflict and often posts about her pride in being Palestinian

The supermodel has become a lightning rod for criticism from Israelis and the country’s supporters after her outspoken backing of Palestinians in the conflict and often posts about her pride in being Palestinian 

Hadid, 24, has already earned an official rebuke from the Israeli government itself after she posted a closeup of herself on social media with tears rolling down her nose, saying she felt a 'deep sense of pain' for the Palestinian people following the outbreak of fighting in Gaza

Hadid, 24, has already earned an official rebuke from the Israeli government itself after she posted a closeup of herself on social media with tears rolling down her nose, saying she felt a 'deep sense of pain' for the Palestinian people following the outbreak of fighting in Gaza

Hadid, 24, has already earned an official rebuke from the Israeli government itself after she posted a closeup of herself on social media with tears rolling down her nose, saying she felt a ‘deep sense of pain’ for the Palestinian people following the outbreak of fighting in Gaza

Mohamed claims his family lost their house to a Jewish family they had been sheltering and soon after his birth they moved, first to Syria, then Tunisia and Greece before his father got a job at the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1950s.

Mohamed Hadid, who has joint Jordanian and American citizenship, has made millions in as a top-of-the-line real estate developer in Los Angeles.

Bella has appeared in dozens of campaigns including Dior, Nike, Bulgari and Tag Heuer. She is probably best-known for her long-running affiliations with designer Michael Kors.

The 24-year-old was named Model of the Year at the Los Angeles Fashion Awards, British Fashion Awards and GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2016.

She has also been a vocal supporter of Palestinians and critic of Israel for years.

Violent clashes have erupted between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in New York over the last week as tensions in the Middle East flared.

On Thursday, two fireworks were thrown into a crowd near Times Square, leaving a 55-year-old woman injured just hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza militants.

After Awawdeh’s arrest on Thursday NYPD said they are still seeking six other suspects.

Borgen, who lives on the Upper East Side, was wearing a grey kippa and walking toward Times Square around 6:30pm last Thursday when a young man with a black bandana started chasing him.

Bella and Gigi's father Mohamed Hadid was born in Nazareth — now in northern Israel — six months after Israel's founding-father David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state in 1948

Bella and Gigi's father Mohamed Hadid was born in Nazareth — now in northern Israel — six months after Israel's founding-father David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state in 1948

 Bella and Gigi’s father Mohamed Hadid was born in Nazareth — now in northern Israel — six months after Israel’s founding-father David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state in 1948

'I love my family, I love my Heritage, I love Palestine,' Hadid captured a photo of her grandparents' wedding in Palestine in 1941

'I love my family, I love my Heritage, I love Palestine,' Hadid captured a photo of her grandparents' wedding in Palestine in 1941

‘I love my family, I love my Heritage, I love Palestine,’ Hadid captured a photo of her grandparents’ wedding in Palestine in 1941

‘I turned around to try to figure out what was going on and the next thing I knew I was surrounded by a whole crowd of people who proceeded to physically attack me, beat me, kick me, punch me, hit me with crutches, hit me with flag poles,’ he told DailyMail.com Friday afternoon from his apartment after being released from Bellevue Hospital.

‘I don’t even want to look in the mirror,’ said Borgen. ‘After I wound up on the ground, I was literally just in a fetal position, trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive.

‘I thought I was going to die. I thought I was really going to die.’

He said the most painful part occurred toward the end, when they pepper sprayed him.

‘I thought I was getting urinated on because I felt a stream on my face. ‘They maced me or pepper sprayed me for like a minute straight.

‘My whole face was on fire. I couldn’t see. In the hospital, they literally had to drain out my eyes. My skin’s still on fire in certain places,’ he added.

Borgen said the ruthless beatdown finally came to an end when police officers showed up and dispersed the crowd.

‘It could have been worse. If you’ve seen the video, especially, it could have been much worse,’ he added.

He said he was expecting it be a peaceful demonstration as he headed to midtown, where friends were gathering for a rally to support Israel in its conflict with Hamas.

‘I was going there to show my support, show my pride in Israel, let them know we have their back even though we’re 6,000 miles away,’ Borgen said.

He said there were no real problems last week when he joined a similar demonstration.

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