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Emma Watson accused of anti-Semitism following pro-Palestinian Instagram post

“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson has been accused of anti-Semitism 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” covering the image. Watson included a caption by academic Sara Ahmed on the definition of solidarity. On Wednesday, the post received over 1.2 million likes.

The message sparked a reaction from Israeli officials, including Danny Danon, the country’s former science minister and then ambassador to the United Nations. Danon shared Watson’s post on Twitter with the caption: “10 Gryffindor points for being an anti-Semite.”

Current Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan has also expressed his disapproval on Twitter, writing that “fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality.”

Others rejected accusations of anti-Semitism leveled at Watson. British politician Sayeeda Warsi responded to Danon’s comments on Twitter, writing that “showing solidarity with the Palestinians is not anti-Semitism”.

MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin also hit back at Danon on Twitter, saying, “No kidding, we’re at the point where just posting a vague photo referring to solidarity with the Palestinians on Instagram qualifies you. anti-Semite. “

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