“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 birthplace of Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic or sexual nudity?’”
The Victoria’s Secret model, who is of Palestinian and Dutch descent, then asked, “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying.”
She went on to repost the photo of her father’s American passport in a separate Story, adding, “Do you want me to change his birthplace for you?”
“I am proud to be Palestinian. Everyone should post where their mother and father were born today! Remind them of how proud you are of where you come from !!!” she called on her 31.4 million followers.
A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, later said “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.”
In an act of support, Gigi Hadid, Bella’s older sister reposted her Instagram Story on her profile with a GIF that said, “Proud.” Mohamed, 71, also reposted his daughter’s, Instagram Story.