Emma Watson accused of anti-Semitism by Israel UN envoys

’10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite’: Emma Watson is accused of anti-Semitism by Israel’s UN envoys over Instagram post expressing support for Palestinians

  • Israel’s UN envoys have accused actress Emma Watson of anti-Semitism
  • It follows an picture shared on her Instagram expressing support for Palestine
  • Image posted with caption containing solidarity quote from scholar Sara Ahmed
  • Ambassadors Danny Danon and Gilad Erdan reacted with fury on Twitter

Emma Watson has been accused of anti-Semitism by Israel’s UN envoy after the actress posted a picture on social media expressing support for Palestinians.

The Harry Potter star, 31, shared an image of a pro-Palestinian rally with the phrase ‘solidarity is a verb’ to her 64.2 million Instagram followers on Sunday.

The picture was posted with a quote from British-Australian scholar Sara Ahmed, which read: ‘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.’

However, she was accused of anti-Semitism by Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, on Monday.

He tweeted a screenshot of the Instagram post with the caption: ’10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite.’ 

Emma Watson pictured as she attends the world premiere of ‘Little Women’ at Museum of Modern Art in December 2019

Emma Watson posted a picture of a pro-Palestinian rally to her Instagram page with the wording ‘solidarity is a verb’

The picture was posted with a caption containing a quote from British-Australian scholar Sara Ahmed

Ms Watson was accused of anti-Semitism by Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, also tweeted his dismay at the picture.

He said: ‘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 PA (which supports terror). I would be in favor of that!’

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, also took to Twitter to share his dismay at the picture

The Instagram post has received more than 1m likes and 101,000 comments.

The Israeli dignitaries, though, have been criticised for overreacting and ‘misrepresenting anti-Semitism’.

Alex Sobel, Labour MP for Leeds North West, said: ’50 points from Likud for misrepresenting Antisemitism. This doesn’t help anyone in the Jewish Diaspora.’

Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of Indivisible Project, said Mr Danon’s tweet was ‘a perfect demonstration of the utterly cynical and bad-faith weaponization of antisemitism to shut down basic expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people’.

It comes after Ms Watson reunited with her fellow Harry Potter stars to celebrate 20 years since the franchise launched with The Philosopher’s Stone – which included Richard Harris, Alan Rickman and Helen McCrory. 

Speaking about appearing on the reunion without their late stars, Ms Watson said: ‘It’s obviously amazing to be back, but so many people we thought would be here for much longer like Helen and Alan and Richard.’

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