A pro-Palestinian social media post calling for “solidarity” has Isreali officials calling out “Harry Potter” star, Emma Watson, for anti-Semitism.
Watson became the latest celebrity to voice their support for Palestine when she shared an Instagram post on Monday that displayed the message “Solidarity is a verb” superimposed over an image of a pro-Palestinan rally.
She included a quote from liberal scholar Sara Ahmed in the caption: “Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future.”
“Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.”
Two Isreali officials called out Watson for the post, which received 1.2 million likes from followers.
“Fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality,” tweeted Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan.
“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 PA (which supports terror). I would be in favor of that!”
“10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite,” concurred former ambassador Danny Dannon.
UK politician Sayeeda Warsi snapped back at Dannon in reply. “Repeat after me Mr… Showing solidarity with Palestinians is not antisemitism.
“Appalling comments from former Israeli Ambassador to the UN These constant attempts to stifle any and all support for Palestinians must be called out,” she continued.
MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin said that Dannon’s tweet exemplified that “we are at the point where merely posting a vague picture referencing solidarity with Palestinians on Instagram gets you labeled as an antisemite.”
Watson joined the ranks of Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Lena Heady, and Bella Hadid, who vocally have supported the Palesitinian side of the ongoing conflict.