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UN envoy goes after Harry Potter star Emma Watson for Palestinian solidarity post

Emma Watson poses for photographers at The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, Alexandra Palace, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP/Scott Garfitt)
Emma Watson poses for photographers at The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, Alexandra Palace, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP/Scott Garfitt)

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan goes after Harry Potter star Emma Watson who uploaded a post in solidarity with the Palestinians on Instagram.

Late last night, Watson reposted a picture from a rally of pro-Palestinian activists with the phrase “solidarity is a verb” plastered in the middle of them. In the caption, Watson included a quote from British activist Sara Ahmed who 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. 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.”

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In response, Erdan tweets, “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!”

The post came less than a week after Defense Minister Benny Gantz hosted PA President Mahmoud Abbas in his home.

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