Emma Watson’s pro-Palestinian post sparks dispute over anti-Semitism

Emma Watson
Watson’s Instagram post had nearly a million likes and more than 89,000 comments as of Tuesday. [File: Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

British actress Emma Watson’s official Instagram account expressed her solidarity with the Palestinians in a new post, prompting widespread support from pro-Palestinian users, but also drawing strong criticism from Israeli officials.

The story of the film star, known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, shared a photo of a pro-Palestinian rally on Monday with the phrase “Solidarity is a verb.”

The image was originally published by the Bad Activism Collective in May last year after Israel launched a deadly 11-day offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip, in which various celebrities interfered in the conflict with figures such as Bella Hadid and Susan. Sarandon who posted messages of support. for the Palestinians.

In the caption, there is a quote from British-Australian activist Sara Ahmed, who says: “Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is the same future. .
Solidarity implies commitment and work, as well as the recognition that although we do not have the same feelings, nor the same lives, nor the same bodies, we live on common ground. Watson’s Instagram bio says her account “has been taken over by an anonymous feminist collective.”

The post, which as of Tuesday had nearly a million likes and more than 89,000 comments, was hailed by pro-Palestine social media users. Many thanked Watson for his support, while some added the hashtags #FreePalestine and #PalestineWillBeFree to their comments.

On the other hand, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, criticized the publication:
“Fiction may work in Harry Potter, but it doesn’t really work,” he wrote on Twitter. The wizarding world could eradicate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women and seeks to destroy Israel) and the Palestinian Authority (which supports terrorism). I would be in favor! ” he said.

His comments followed those of Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

“10 Gryffindor points for being anti-Semitic,” Danon tweeted.

Several social media users criticized Danon for his comments.

Leah Greenberg, the co-director of the Indivisible Project, a nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2016 in response to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, released Danons’ allegations and said they were ” a perfect manifestation of the utterly cynical liberation and bad faith weaponry of anti-Semitism to put an end to the basic expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people ”.

Palestinian journalist and activist Mohammed El-Kurd, who played a crucial role in raising international awareness of the forced eviction of Palestinians in the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, responded by saying that Watson’s “simple statement” had left “Zionists everywhere … in a frenzy. “


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