FACT CHECK: No, Bella Hadid Did Not Announce Support For Israel In The Israel-Hamas Conflict
A video shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, allegedly shows model Bella Hadid voicing support for Israel during the Israel-Hamas conflict.
— Danel Ben Namer (@DanelBenNamer) October 28, 2023
This is not a genuine video of Hadid. A media forensics and AI expert confirmed the video is fake in an email to Check Your Fact.
The World Bank has warned that oil prices could reach “uncharted waters” if the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies, according to AP News. This, in turn, could result in increased food prices worldwide, the outlet reported.
The X post purports Hadid has voiced support for Israel. The video allegedly shows Hadid in full glam on a stage speaking into a microphone.
“Hi, It’s Bella Hadid. On October 7, 2023, Israel faced a tragic attack by Hamas. I can’t stay silent. I apologize for my past remarks,” Hadid appears to say. “This tragedy has opened my eyes to the pain endured here and I stand with Israel against terror. I’ve taken time to truly learn the historical context. Now with a clear understanding, I hope we can engage in constructive dialogue moving forward. Thank you.”
This video was made with artificial intelligence, Walter Scheirer, a media forensics and AI expert at the University of Notre Dame, confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact.
“This video is an AI-generated ‘deepfake’ which uses a 2016 video of Bella Hadid giving a speech for the Global Lyme Alliance (https://www.youtube.
Hadid has shown support for Palestine numerous times in the past, according to Grazia Magazine. She recently posted a statement to Instagram that reads, in part, “We need to keep pressure on our leaders, wherever we are, not to forget the urgent needs of the people of Gaza, and to ensure that innocent Palestinian civilians are not the forgotten casualties of this war.”
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