Mohamed Hadid Apologizes for Insulting Messages Sent to Congressman Ritchie Torres

Mohamed Hadid, father of supermodels Gigi and Bella, apologizes for sending racist, homophobic messages to Congressman Ritchie Torres over his pro-Israel stance, highlighting tensions around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Mohamed Hadid Apologizes for Insulting Messages Sent to Congressman Ritchie Torres

Mohamed Hadid Apologizes for Insulting Messages Sent to Congressman Ritchie Torres

Mohamed Hadid, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, has issued a public apology for sending a series of racist and homophobic messages to New York Congressman Ritchie Torres. The messages, sent in 2024, criticized Torres for his outspoken defense of Israel and included derogatory language and insults.

In the messages, Hadid called Torres a "shill" for Israel and accused him of being a "slave to whits." He also compared Israelis to Nazis and called President Joe Biden a "Zionist war criminal." Torres, who is the first openly gay African American and Latin American congressman, condemned the messages as racist and said Hadid's actions reveal a "tragic truth" about the treatment of people of color who are pro-Israel.

Hadid acknowledged that while his anger was justified, the language he employed to express it was inappropriate. He stated, "I intended to express my anger at Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians, but I used the wrong words. I'm sorry." However, Torres rejected the apology, calling it "fraudulent" and accusing Hadid of being "a rabid racist."

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and debates surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the treatment of marginalized communities in the political sphere. It also underscores the importance of respectful discourse and the consequences of using hateful language, even when expressing strongly held beliefs.

The Hadid family has been outspoken about the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Gigi and Bella also expressing support for Palestine. The ongoing conflict in the region has escalated, with Israel launching airstrikes in Iran in response to attacks from the Hamas militant group in Gaza. Hadid has previously made controversial statements comparing Israel to the Nazi party and criticizing U.S. politicians who support Israel.

Torres said Hadid's messages were "dehumanizing" and that people of color who support Israel are "fair game for racist invective." He stated, "Mohamed Hadid has hurled just about every racist insult at me short of calling me the N-word." The incident underscores the sensitive and politically charged nature of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and the potential for public figures to become embroiled in controversies related to it.

Key Takeaways

  • Mohamed Hadid sent racist, homophobic messages to Congressman Ritchie Torres.
  • Hadid criticized Torres for his pro-Israel stance, comparing Israelis to Nazis.
  • Torres condemned Hadid's messages as racist, rejecting his apology as "fraudulent".
  • The incident highlights tensions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and treatment of marginalized groups.
  • The Hadid family has been outspoken about the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Gigi and Bella expressing support for Palestine.