‘Anti-Semitic’: Emma Watson posts in support of Palestine, irks Israel envoys

British actor Emma Watson has voiced solidarity with pro-Palestinian activism on social media, eliciting backlash from current and former Israeli officials and praise from pro-Palestine social media users.  The 31-year-old actor, who is known for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, reposted a May post from the Bad Activist Collective on Instagram on Sunday that depicts pro-Palestine activists marching with the words "Solidarity is a verb" prominently displayed on the image.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) Watson accompanied the post with a quote from British-Australian scholar Sara Ahmed, which said “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." The quote added, "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." Watson's post garnered widespread acclaim from pro-Palestine Instagram users, several of whom thanked her for her support in the comments section, and posted the emoji of the Palestinian flag, many with the hashtags #FreePalestine and #PalestineWillBeFree. On Monday, Twitter users were left scratching their heads, looking for the tiniest hint of supposed anti-Semitism. Israel's UN envoy, Gilad Erdan, strongly criticised her post, lashing out at the star on Twitter by saying, "Fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality."  He added, "If it did, the magic used in the wizarding world could eliminate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women and seeks the annihilation of Israel) and the PA (which supports terror). I would be in favor of that!" 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! pic.twitter.com/u1TrP3sqSS
— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) January 3, 2022 In the tweet, Another Israel's envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon also mentioned Watson, who is well-known as a human rights advocate and humanist, by adding her handle. “10 points from Gryffindor for being an anti-Semite,” Danon said, in a reference to the Harry Potter film role in which the actor played the role of Hermione that led to her fame. 10 points from Gryffindor for being an [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Qaqkx36JSg
— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) January 3, 2022 Leah Greenberg, the co-executive director of the Indivisible Guide progressive advocacy group, dismissed Danon's accusations, saying they are "a perfect demonstration of the utterly cynical and bad-faith weaponisation of antisemitism to shut down basic expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people." a perfect demonstration of the utterly cynical and bad-faith weaponization of antisemitism to shut down basic expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people https://t.co/9jmhAs3Otc
— Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) January 3, 2022 Mehdi Hasan, too, was left baffled by Danon's 'jibe'. "Former Israeli ambassador to the UN calls Emma Watson an ‘anti-Semite’ for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. Beyond parody," he shared on Twitter.  Former Israeli ambassador to the UN calls @EmmaWatson an ‘antisemite’ for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. Beyond parody. https://t.co/XPSKIQay0R
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 3, 2022 Popular Palestinian activist Mohammed El-Kurd shared his amusement. "The Israeli Ambassador to the UN calls Emma Watson an “anti-Semite” for posting “solidarity is a verb,” a week after Zionists smeared Desmond Tutu as “anti-Jewish.” How is this not satire?" The Israeli Ambassador to the UN calls Emma Watson an “anti-Semite” for posting “solidarity is a verb,” a week after Zionists smeared Desmond Tutu as “anti-Jewish.” How is this not satire? 😭😭😭 https://t.co/33wgxsZte3
— Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd) January 3, 2022 From the river to the sea! More tweeps extended support to the award-winning actor and lauded her for her stance. "So Emma Watson shows solidarity with Palestine and the whole world is shook, the amount of hatred she is getting from trolls is alarming but also we are sending her too much love and appreciation for her bravery to side with justice. Much love from Gaza." So @EmmaWatson shows solidarity with #Palestine & the whole world is shook, the amount of hatred she is getting from trolls is alarming but also we are sending her too much love & appreciation for her bravery to side with justice. Much love from #Gaza
— Omar Ghraieb🇵🇸 (@Omar_Gaza) January 3, 2022 One more shared, "Award-winning actor Emma Watson has used her Instagram platform with 64 million followers to post a message of solidarity with the Palestinian cause." Award-winning actress @EmmaWatson has used her Instagram platform with 64 million followers to post a message of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/q3zpfbEpzH
— Taj Ali (@Taj_Ali1) January 3, 2022 "Thank you, Emma Watson," said one more tweep.  Thank you Emma Watson #Solidarity #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/glO0xscvGp
— Miqdaad Versi (@miqdaad) January 3, 2022 Al-Kurd shared, "All Emma Watson did was post this very simple statement and now Zionists everywhere are in a frenzy. Absolutely hilarious." All Emma Watson did was post this very simple statement and now Zionists everywhere are in a frenzy. Absolutely hilarious 😂. pic.twitter.com/DUPzYHQr2l
— Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd) January 3, 2022 One more user commented, "Thank you, Emma Watson. For amplifying our voice. All the love and respect to the free souls like you." Thank you @EmmaWatson
For amplifying our voice All the love and respect to the free souls like you Again Emma shows the world that supporting Palestine and the Palestinians is a human case..
It is a humanity parameter pic.twitter.com/YePdCgWUR7
— dalia ahmad (@daliaahmad1992) January 3, 2022 She added, "Again, Emma shows the world that supporting Palestine and the Palestinians is a human case. It is a humanity parameter." Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below. 

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