Thank you, Emma Watson – Palestinian rights deserve advocacy and attention

Solidarity with the people of Palestine should not be viewed as an untouchable cause, shrouded in silence

Harriet Williamson
Wednesday 05 January 2022 09:54 GMT
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<p>The post on Emma Watson’s Instagram remains up, unlike previously supportive statements of Palestinian rights from Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Paris Hilton</p>

The post on Emma Watson’s Instagram remains up, unlike previously supportive statements of Palestinian rights from Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Paris Hilton

Two days ago, a new post appeared on Emma Watson’s Instagram, an account followed by 64.3 million people. It showed what appears to be a protest in support of the people of Palestine, overlaid with a collage reading “solidarity is a verb”. The caption includes a quote on the true nature of solidarity from intersectional feminist academic Sara Ahmed, and explains that the image is a repost from Bad Activist Collective.

Predictably, it didn’t take a minute for Danny Danon, head of global operations for right-wing Israeli party Likud, and former Israeli ambassador to the UN, to accuse Watson of anti-semitism on Twitter.

The conflation of Judaism and all Jewish people with the state of Israel and the policies of the Israeli government is deeply damaging and wrong. It is this conflation that has, for too long, resulted in the delegitmisation of even the mildest criticism of the policies of the Israeli government.

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