Global film stars back Emma Watson on Palestinian solidarity post | Arts and Culture News

More than 40 movie stars, Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon, have signed a petition supporting the Harry Potter star’s pro-Palestinian stance.

Movie stars including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Viggo Mortensen have supported Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, after her social media post about solidarity with Palestinians angered Israeli officials.

“We join Emma Watson in upholding the simple statement that ‘solidarity is an act,’ including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians who are fighting for their human rights under international law,” said in a statement distributed Thursday and signed by more than 40 industry notables.

“We are aware of the power imbalance inherent between Israel, the occupying power, and the Palestinians, a people subject to a regime of military occupation and apartheid,” the letter read.

Last week, an Instagram post on Watson’s account posted a photo from a pro-Palestinian rally with the phrase “Solidarity is an act.” The British actress is perhaps best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

The post was quickly condemned by Israeli officials last week, and it has been liked by more than a million users on social media.

“10 Gryffindor points for being an anti-Semite,” former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said on Twitter, referring to the Harry Potter films.

“The novels may work in Harry Potter, but they don’t actually work,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, wrote on Twitter. “If so, the magic used in the wizarding world could eliminate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women and seeks to annihilate Israel) and the Palestinian Authority (which supports terrorism). I will be with that!” he said.

In their statement, the film’s professionals openly condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry.

Other signatories to the pro-Palestinian letter include award-winning screenwriter James Schamus (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Academy Award-nominated directors Asif Kapadia (Amy), Mira Nair (Salam Bombay) and writer/producer Oren Moverman (MSN).

Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake), actors Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries) and Matt McGorrie (Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder), are also signed.

“We stand against the continuous Israeli attempts to forcibly displace Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan and elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the letter said.


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