Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Far-Right Israeli Security Minister Lashes out at Supermodel Over Criticism
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 8 months ago on
August 25, 2023

Share

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s far-right national security minister lashed out at supermodel Bella Hadid on Friday for criticizing his recent fiery televised remarks about Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

In an interview earlier this week with Israel’s Channel 12 following two deadly Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the occupied territory, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir argued that his right to freedom of movement as a Jewish settler outweighs the same right for Palestinians.

“My right, the right of my wife and my children to move around Judea and Samaria, is more important than freedom of movement for the Arabs,” Ben-Gvir said on TV Wednesday, using the biblical name for the West Bank. “The right to life comes before freedom of movement.”

Addressing Mohammad Magadli, a well-known Israeli-Arab television host who was in the studio, Ben-Gvir added: “Sorry, Mohammad. But that’s the reality.”

His statement drew widespread criticism as commentators seized on it as proof of allegations that Israel was turning into an apartheid system that seeks to maintain Jewish hegemony from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The catchphrase “Sorry, Mohammad” became meme fodder for social media as critics posted it alongside videos of Israeli violence against Palestinians.

Hadid, a world-famous supermodel and social media influencer whose father is Palestinian, shared an excerpt from Ben-Gvir’s interview with her 59.5 million followers on Instagram on Thursday, writing: “In no place, no time, especially in 2023 should one life be more valuable than another’s. Especially simply because of their ethnicity, culture or pure hatred.”

She also posted a video from leading Israeli rights group B’Tselem showing Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron telling a resident that Palestinians are not permitted to walk on a certain street because it is reserved for Jews. “Does this remind anyone of anything?” she wrote.

Angry Response

Ben-Gvir responded angrily on Friday to Hadid’s post.

“I invite you to Kiryat Arba, to see how we live here, how every day, Jews who have done nothing wrong to anyone in their lives are murdered here,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. Ben-Gvir lives in the settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron, the largest Palestinian city.

Earlier this week, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli car near Hebron, killing an Israeli woman and seriously wounding the driver. That attack came just days after a Palestinian shooting attack killed an Israeli father and son in the northern Palestinian town of Hawara.

Ben-Gvir acknowledged the backlash but doubled down on his original statement. “So yes, the right of me and my fellow Jews to travel and return home safely on the roads of Judea and Samaria outweighs the right of terrorists who throw stones at us and kill us,” he wrote.

Ben-Gvir has been convicted in the past of inciting racism and of supporting a terrorist organization. He was known as an admirer of rabbi Meir Kahane, who was banned from Parliament and whose Kach party was branded a terrorist group by the United States before he was assassinated in New York in 1990. Kach wanted to strip Arab Israelis of their citizenship, segregate Israeli public spaces, and ban marriages between Jews and non-Jews. Before joining politics, Ben-Gvir hung a portrait in his living room of a Jewish man who fatally shot 29 Palestinians in the West Bank in 1994.

A once-marginal far-right activist, Ben-Gvir now wields significant power as the national security minister overseeing the Israeli police force in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Fresno’s Baklava House Entices Foodies With Its Delicious Flavors

DON'T MISS

A Far-Right German EU Lawmaker’s Aide Is Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for China

DON'T MISS

Wall Street Rallies and Adds to Its Hot Start to the Week

DON'T MISS

The Icon Returns: Discover the All-New 2024 Land Cruiser

DON'T MISS

Newsom Criticizes Local Response to Homelessness. He Should Look in the Mirror.

DON'T MISS

Google Fires More Workers Who Protested Its Deal With Israel

DON'T MISS

LeBron James Rants at NBA’s Replay Center for Calls, Lakers Lose on Buzzer-Beater

DON'T MISS

Winn Sharp Again, Conforto Homers as Giants Clip Mets

DON'T MISS

CA Lawmakers Reject Bill Cracking Down on Utilities Spending Customers’ Money

DON'T MISS

What Do Supreme Court Justices Say About Homelessness?

UP NEXT

Israel’s Military Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Failure to Prevent Hamas Attack on Oct. 7

UP NEXT

Aid Approval Brings Ukraine Closer to Replenishing Troops Struggling to Hold Front Lines

UP NEXT

The US is Expected to Block Aid to an Israeli Military Unit. What is Leahy Law That It Would Cite?

UP NEXT

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

UP NEXT

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

UP NEXT

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

UP NEXT

Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs on Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

UP NEXT

Iran Fires at Suspected Israeli Drones Near Isfahan Air Base, Nuclear Facility

UP NEXT

US Vetoes Full United Nations Membership for Palestine

UP NEXT

Savannah Bananas Dominate Social Media, Sell Out Stadiums Nationwide Including Fresno

The Icon Returns: Discover the All-New 2024 Land Cruiser

47 mins ago

Newsom Criticizes Local Response to Homelessness. He Should Look in the Mirror.

1 hour ago

Google Fires More Workers Who Protested Its Deal With Israel

2 hours ago

LeBron James Rants at NBA’s Replay Center for Calls, Lakers Lose on Buzzer-Beater

2 hours ago

Winn Sharp Again, Conforto Homers as Giants Clip Mets

2 hours ago

CA Lawmakers Reject Bill Cracking Down on Utilities Spending Customers’ Money

2 hours ago

What Do Supreme Court Justices Say About Homelessness?

2 hours ago

49ers GM Hopes to Get Brandon Aiyuk Contract Extension Done Sooner Rather Than Later

5 hours ago

Judge Rejects Changing the Name of California’s Trans Youth Ballot Measure

5 hours ago

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Pledged $10M for Maui Wildfire Survivors. They Gave Much More.

18 hours ago

Fresno’s Baklava House Entices Foodies With Its Delicious Flavors

Arut Mkhitaryan, owner of the bakery/restaurant Baklava House, has a customer-first attitude. “When people are happy, we are happy,...

13 mins ago

13 mins ago

Fresno’s Baklava House Entices Foodies With Its Delicious Flavors

20 mins ago

A Far-Right German EU Lawmaker’s Aide Is Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for China

23 mins ago

Wall Street Rallies and Adds to Its Hot Start to the Week

47 mins ago

The Icon Returns: Discover the All-New 2024 Land Cruiser

1 hour ago

Newsom Criticizes Local Response to Homelessness. He Should Look in the Mirror.

2 hours ago

Google Fires More Workers Who Protested Its Deal With Israel

2 hours ago

LeBron James Rants at NBA’s Replay Center for Calls, Lakers Lose on Buzzer-Beater

2 hours ago

Winn Sharp Again, Conforto Homers as Giants Clip Mets

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend