“Instagram removed my story that only said ‘My baba And his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photograph of his American passport,” the 23-year-old supermodel wrote on her Instagram Story on Tuesday. “@instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my father’s birth place of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic or sexual nudity?’”
The Victoria’s Secret model, who is of Palestine and Dutch descent, then asked, “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying.”
“I am proud to be Palestinian,” she said before encouraging her 31.4 million followers, “Everyone should post where their mother and fathers were born today! Remind them of how proud you are of where you come from !!!”
A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, told Page Six in response, “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 apologized to Bella for the mistake.”
Gigi Hadid reposted her sister’s Instagram Story on her profile in a show of support with a GIF that said, “Proud.” Mohamed, 71, also reposted his daughter’s Instagram Story.