Days of Palestine

Tuesday, March 21

Israeli Politicians accuse Emma Watson Anti-Semitic for Pro-Palestine Instagram Post

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Israeli prominent politicians accused the Harry Potter co-star, Emma Watson, Anti-Semitic as she shared a Pro-Palestine Instagram post three days ago.

Watson posted a photo of a pro-Palestine protest with the phrase “Solidarity is a verb” overlaid across the center. In the caption, she quoted the academic Sara Ahmed, who offers insight into the meaning of solidarity. All things considered, it’s a peaceful post — Watson doesn’t even use her own words, let alone comment on Israel or Jewish people directly.

Still, that didn’t stop Israeli politicians from turning on the actress. “10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite,” Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted. Current Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan reacted similarly.

Watson is far from the first celebrity to feel the wrath of the Israeli government after commenting on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In October, the Irish author Sally Rooney declined to sell the translation rights of her latest book to an Israeli publisher, citing concerns about the conflict. Soon after, Nachman Shai, Israel’s Minister for Diaspora Affairs, tweeted an article about the author and called the cultural boycott of Israel “anti-Semitism in a new guise.”

Several other musicians — such as Rage Against the Machine, Julian Casablancas, Serj Tankian, and Run the Jewels — also drew the ire of Israel after cosigning the cultural boycott.