Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations (UN) accused British actress Emma Watson of anti-Semitism over her Instagram post that expressed solidarity with Palestine.
Watson, best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, reposted on Instagram an image showing a photograph of a pro-Palestinian protest with the banner “Solidary is a Verb” placed over it.
The Bad Activist Collective originally created the image last May when Israeli jets bombed Gaza in response to rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Watson captioned the post, which has gained over one million likes, with a quote from intersectional feminist scholar Sara Ahmed.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon shared Watson’s post on Twitter and said, “10 points from Gryffindor for being an anti-Semite”
Current Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan also criticized Watson.
“Fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality. If it did, the magic used in the wizarding world could eliminate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women & seeks the annihilation of Israel) and the [Palestinian Authority] (which supports terror). I would be in favor of that!” Erdan said on Twitter.
However, Watson’s post also drew widespread support from Palestinian activists and high-profile figures.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, called Danon’s remark “appalling.”
“Showing solidarity with Palestinians is not anti-Semitism… These constant attempts to stifle any and all support for Palestinians must be called out,” Warsi said.
Leah Greenberg, the co-executive director of non-profit organization Indivisible Project, called Danon’s remark “a perfect demonstration of the utterly cynical and bad-faith weaponization of anti-Semitism to shut down basic expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
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