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Emma Watson accused of antisemitism over pro-Palestinian Instagram post

“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson was accused of antisemitism over a pro-Palestinian Instagram post calling for solidarity. 

The post, which Watson shared on Monday, featured a photo of a pro-Palestine rally with the words “Solidarity is a verb” overlaying the image. Watson included a caption from academic Sara Ahmed on the definition of solidarity. As of Wednesday, the post has received more then 1.2 million likes. 

The post sparked backlash from Israeli officials, including Danny Danon, who formerly served as the country’s science minister and later as its ambassador to the United Nations. Danon shared Watson’s post on Twitter with the caption, “10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite.”

Israel’s current ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erdan, also expressed his disapproval on Twitter, writing that “fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality.”

Others pushed back against the accusations of antisemitism directed toward Watson. British politician Sayeeda Warsi responded to Danon’s comments on Twitter, writing that “showing solidarity with Palestinians is not antisemitism.”

MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin also shot back at Danon on Twitter, saying, “No joke, we are at the point where merely posting a vague picture referencing solidarity with Palestinians on Instagram gets you labeled as an antisemite.”

A number of other celebrities have voiced their support for Palestine in the last year. Supermodel Bella Hadid attended a pro-Palestine march in New York in May following escalated tensions between Palestine and Israel, and author Sally Rooney refused to allow an Israeli company to translate her book “Beautiful World, Where Are You” into Hebrew in protest over the country’s policies toward Palestine. 

Tags anti-semitism Emma Watson Hamas-Israel conflict Israel Palestine

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