Last week, the actress and activist Emma Watson He made a post on Instagram where he expresses his support for the people of Palestine. It is a photograph in which the flags of that State and a conglomerate of protesters appear. On the image, the legend “solidarity is a verb” stands out, an invitation that Watson reinforces with a quote given to the feminist Sara Ahmed, about which being in solidarity requires “the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives , or the same bodies, we live on common ground.
In this post, there is an inescapable allusion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Not surprisingly, it has elicited a myriad of reactions from supporters and detractors alike. On the opposition side lie the harsh words of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN. Having tagged the actress from Harry Potter, he tweeted: “Ten points to Gryffindor for being an anti-Semite”. And the current ambassador, Gilad Erdan, accused Emma Watson of living in a fiction.
«Fiction may work in Harry Potter but it doesn’t work in reality«, Erdan wrote on Twitter. “If it did, the magic used in the Wizarding World could remove the evils of Hamas, which oppresses women and seeks the annihilation of Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, which supports terror. I would be in favor of that!”
However, the heavy cavalry did not delay, in defense of Watson and his supportive position. This week, the organization Artists for Palestine UK —a chain of artists defending Palestinian rights— issued a letter in which several dozen signatories claim to agree with the British on the issue of the dire situation in the Middle East.
«We join Emma Watson in supporting the simple statement that ‘solidarity is a verb’, including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians fighting for their human rights under international law,” dictates the first paragraph. “We oppose injustice anywhere in the world and stand with all those who seek an end to oppression.”
Among the personalities who signed the letter, the names of actors such as Gabriel Garcia Bernal, peter capaldi, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Ruffalo Y susan sarandon. Likewise, several filmmakers and producers joined the group’s proclamation; among them, Jim Jarmush, Aki Kaurismäki, Ken Loach Y james schmus.
«We oppose continued Israeli attempts to forcibly displace Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the letter continues.
«We condemn all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Opposition to a political system is different from intolerance, hatred and discrimination directed at any group of human beings based on their identity. We see the former as a legitimate and necessary form of political and ethical expression. And the second, as racism, pure and simple.
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García Bernal’s entry and more join Emma Watson, in support of Palestine was published first in Cine PREMIERE.