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Bella Hadid endorses Dublin TD to 52 million Instagram followers

By Marita Moloney & Michelle Cullen

Supermodel Bella Hadid has endorsed Dublin politician Richard Boyd Barrett once again on her Instagram account.

Bella shared posts on her social media about the horrific death of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was working for Al Jazeera's Arabic language channel.

Bella shared a picture of the People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire as he spoke in the Dail about the killing.

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The image, shared with her 52 million followers, was captioned: "Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh is An Israeli War Crime."

Ms Abu Akleh died after she was shot in the city of Jenin early on Wednesday.

Another Palestinian journalist, Ali Al-Samudi, was hospitalised and is in a stable condition after being shot in the back.

Video footage of the incident showed 51-year-old Ms Abu Akleh, who is also a US citizen, wearing a blue flak jacket clearly marked with the word 'PRESS'.

Bella Hadid's post (Instagram/Bella Hadid)

While the Palestinian health ministry said the reporters were hit by Israeli fire, the Israeli military said it is "investigating" the event and is looking into the possibility the journalists were shot by "the Palestinian gunmen".

In a statement on its channel, Al Jazeera called on the international community to "condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for deliberately targeting and killing our colleague, Shireen Abu Akleh".

The model has previously shared political issues on her platform posting claims from the Socialist TD's party, People Before Profit, showing the disparity between government funding for horse racing and domestic violence refuges.

The US celeb shared the post dating back to January 18 to her Instagram stories, and it subsequently emerged that Boyd Barrett's account was among the 700 people Hadid follows on the platform.

Speaking about the unusual occurrence, the Irish politician said he had not heard of Hadid before but was "glad" to have made contact with a fellow activist.

"I wasn't aware of Bella Hadid, but it would appear she is an activist and an advocate on behalf of Palestine, women's rights and progressive causes," he said outside Leinster House, as Newstalk reports.

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"So, I am very glad to have made contact with an activist and I am always keen to meet activists who are campaigning on similar issues to ourselves.

"I did send her back a message thanking her for the follow and the share and just saying I am always glad to be in touch with activists campaigning on similar issues to ourselves."

He added: "I think the reason, probably, why I came across the radar of Bella Hadid is because of the video from the Dail where I was speaking about Palestine and the double standards in terms of western policy towards occupation and invasion which went viral around the world.

"She is half Palestinian so I'm assuming that is the reason I came across her radar."

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Dive Deeper:
Supermodel Bella Hadid endorses Irish politician to 52 million followers again on Instagram
Taking to her Instagram stories, Bella shared posts about the horrific death of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
UN experts condemn Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Latest updates
UN human rights experts demand a prompt, transparent, thorough and independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
Slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh laid to rest
Abu Akleh was fatally shot by Israeli forces while reporting in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians mourn journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, call for justice
State service for the slain Al Jazeera journalist took place in Ramallah before her body arrived in Jerusalem.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Israeli forces attack reporter's funeral
"Even in her death, Shireen is highlighting Israel's occupation of the Palestinian people," former colleague says
The Palestinian flag: A target for ‘erasure’ by Israeli forces
Israeli forces violently removed Palestinian flags from mourners attending Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.
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