Gigi Hadid slams Islamophobic rant after NYC attack

Gigi Hadid
Updated 02 November 2017
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Gigi Hadid slams Islamophobic rant after NYC attack

JEDDAH: Palestinian-American supermodel Gigi Hadid hit back at an Islamophobic journalist on Twitter who criticized women for wearing hijabs near the recent New York terror attack scene.
On Wednesday, right-wing activist and journalist Laura Loomer tweeted a photo of female pedestrians wearing heads carves while walking the streets of New York with the caption, “You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs @ cross street of the attack. But they don’t. I bet they’re loving this.”
“Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC #ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs,” she wrote in another tweet.
Hadid, who recently celebrated the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha with her partner Zayn Malik, shared Loomer’s tweet and wrote, “Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you — you’re a expletive moron.”
However, even after facing much flak, Loomer said she stood by her earlier tweet: “The 2 women were smiling/smirking in hijabs as they walked past scene of terrorist attack. That is not appropriate. I stand by what I said.”
Hadid’s tweet was shared more than 49,000 times and liked nearly 172,000 times by her supporters.
The supermodel whose father was came to the US as a Palestinian refugee added her voice to those fighting Islamophobia in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attack.
Gigi and her sister Bella have been vocal about their faith, and have protested Trump’s immigration ban, which included Muslim-majority countries.


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.