Emma Watson accused of anti-Semitism in Israel by UN envoys after she posted an Instagram message expressing her support for Palestine

  • The UN’s Israel envoys accused Emma Watson of antisemitism
  • The image was taken from an Instagram photo she posted expressing solidarity for Palestine
  • Caption with solidarity quote by Sara Ahmed
  • On Twitter, Ambassadors Gilad Erdan and Danny Danon reacted furiously to the outrage on their behalf

The UN Ambassador to Israel charged Emma Watson with anti-Semitism after she posted a photo on social media showing her support of Palestine.

31-year old Harry Potter actor shared an image of a pro Palestinian rally along with the statement “solidarity is verb” to 64.2 million Instagram users on Sunday.

This picture featured a quote by Sara Ahmed (British-Australian scholar), which said: “Solidarity doesn’t assume that our struggles or pains are the same, or that we have the same hope for the future. 

“Solidarity means commitment, work and the understanding that, even though we may not share the same emotions, lives, or bodies, we still live together on the same ground.”

Ambassador Danny Danon (Israel’s Permanent Rep to the UN), accused her of anti-Semitism.

A screenshot from the Instagram post was tweeted by him with the caption, “10 points for Gryffindor”

Gilad Erdan was Israel’s Ambassador in the United Nations. He also shared his disappointment at the photo.

He stated that while fiction may be effective in Harry Potter, it is not realistic in real life. 

‘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). That would make me happy!

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

Emma Watson shared a photograph of a pro Palestinian rally on her Instagram with the caption’solidarity, a verb.’

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

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

Ambassador Danny Danon of Israel was the one to accuse Ms Watson, Israel’s Permanent Represent at the UN, of antisemitism.

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

Gilad Erdan (Israel’s Ambassador at the United Nations) also shared his disgust on Twitter.

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

Emma Watson is pictured at the Museum of Modern Art’s world premiere of Little Women in December 2019.

It has been liked more than 1m times and received 101,000 comments.

However, the Israeli dignitaries have been criticised for overreacting to and “misrepresenting Anti-Semitism”.

Alex Sobel (Labour MP for Leeds North West) said that Likud has misrepresented Antisemitism by 50 points. This doesn’t help anyone in the Jewish Diaspora.’

Leah Greenberg is the co-executive Director of Indivisible.

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. 

Ms Watson spoke out about her appearance on the reunion, stating that it was a great honor to have them back. However, she said, “It’s evidently amazing to be back. But so many people who we thought would still be around for much longer than Helen, Alan, and Richard.”