Supermodel Bella Hadid joined a London protest against Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – for three minutes before being whisked away in her chauffeur-driven car.
The 21-year-old, who is of Palestinian descent, had been partying five minutes away on Oxford Street at an event staged by luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer.
As she was driven away at around 7.30pm today, Hadid’s car got stuck behind the protesters who had gathered outside the US Embassy near to Hyde Park.
After videoing the demonstration on her phone, Hadid – still dressed in a glamorous red dress and white coat – got out and joined the march for a few minutes before jumping back into her car and driving off.
She appeared to be enjoying her brief stint as a protester and was pictured smiling and raising her fist into the air as she put her arm around a young fan.
The demonstrations are a part of a Day of Rage which has seen trouble flare around the world in the wake of President Trump’s controversial move.
Supermodel Bella Hadid joined protests in London against President Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Hadid was pictured raising her arm as she marched with protesters near to the US Embassy in London. She only stayed for a short time before leaving, witnesses said
Hadid, who is of Palestinian descent, was seen smiling while surrounded by protesters on Friday evening but only stayed for a few minutes before driving off
The supermodel, 21, fixed her hair as she marched alongside protesters carrying placards emblazoned with anti-Trump slogans
The supermodel was joined by hundreds of others near to the US Embassy in London near to Hyde Park. She had been partying at an event near by
Hadid’s car had been stuck behind the protests so she got out and joined in with the march. But she only stayed for three minutes, witnesses said
Earlier in the day Hadid, whose father Mohamed is Palestinian, had been spotted shopping in London and was later spotted at a TAG Heuer event in Oxford Street.
Protesters took to the streets in Jerusalem and thousands also marched in Turkey as well as in Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia and Egypt.
Violent clashes saw two people shot dead by Isreali soldiers and hundreds injured in Jerusalem.
Protesters launched stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets while huge crowds rallied outside Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, a flashpoint site in the holy city.
The violence on the West Bank and Gaza has so far resulted in 767 injuries of which 61 were a result of live ammunition, 200 from rubber bullets, 479 from teargas and 27 other, the Red Crescent said.
On Friday evening the demonstrations had spread to Europe, with marches in Berlin, Athens and Brussels as well as London.
Hadid, looked to be enjoying herself during her short spell at the protest. She was pictured grinnign and raising her first in the air as she put her arm around a young fan
Camera shy: Hadid had her arm around one young protester and tried to protect her face from the cameras with her left hand
Hadid was spotted filming the protests from her car before she got out to join the demonstrations
She had earlier posted a picture to Instagram slamming President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Earlier on Friday Hadid was spotted cutting the ribbon at a TAG Heuer event on Oxford Street in central London
Hadid was wearing a red dress for the event and had a change of clothes before heading to the anti-Trump protests
Bella Hadid, 21, was earlier spotted taking a solo trip through London on Friday
Hadid has been in London and was spotted in Notting Hill where she visited a vintage clothes shop
The religious and political dispute over Jerusalem forms the emotional core of the Israeli-Arab conflict. The ancient city is home to major Muslim, Jewish and Christian shrines and looms large in the competing national narratives of Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is widely seen in the region as a blatant expression of pro-Israel bias, but it was unclear if protests and confrontations would maintain momentum after Friday. More extensive violence has erupted in the Palestinian areas in the past, including deadly bloodshed triggered by disputes over Jerusalem.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement and other groups had called for three ‘days of rage’ this week. However, Abbas remains an opponent of violence, saying it’s counterproductive and that he might at some point order his security forces to contain protests.
Separately, Fatah’s rival, the Gaza-based Islamic militant Hamas, called this week for a third uprising against Israel, but such appeals have fizzled as Palestinians become more disillusioned with their leaders.
BRITAIN: Furious protesters gathered outside the US Embassy in London to demonstrate against President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
BRITAIN: The anger at President Trump’s decision reached the West and just hours after violent clashes in the Middle East police and stewards held back protesters in London
BRITAIN: Demonstrators outside the US Embassy in London waved placards reading ‘No to Trump, No to War’ and ‘Free Palestine’
BRITAIN: Outside the US Embassy in London demonstrators, including children, gathered with anti-Trump placards as police tried to prevent trouble from flaring
BRITAIN: Police were called to the US Embassy in London after demonstrators gathered as part of a global movement to show anger against President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem
BRITAIN: Demonstrators held placards from the Stop the War coalition and the Palestine Campaign during protests outside the US Embassy in London
GREECE: The Day of Rage saw protesters take to the streets of Athens. Demonstrators marched on the streets of the Greek capital to show their dismay with President Trump
BELGIUM: Protesters covering their faces set fire to a US flag during demonstrations in Brussels. Several European countries have seen people take to the streets to show their anger at President Trump
GERMANY: Protesters gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near to the US Embassy in Berlin, in a show of anger towards President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
GERMANY: Protesters waved Palestinian flags in defiance at President Trump. Police wearing riot gear held crowds back as hundreds gathered in Berlin
GERMANY: The demonstrators gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, near to the US Embassy. Protesters, some covering their faces, made rude hand gestures and waved Palestinian flags