ADL a Big Loser: Hollywood stars back Emma Watson after Palestinian solidarity post

Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo among signatories to letter supporting Harry Potter actor accused of antisemitism


Guardian: Major figures from the world of film, including Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Capaldi and Charles Dance have issued a statement in support of Emma Watson and Palestinian solidarity.

Last week, Watson, best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, was accused of antisemitism after she posted an image on Instagram showing a photograph of a pro-Palestinian protest with the banner “solidarity is a verb” written across it. It was accompanied with a quote about the meaning of solidarity from the intersectional feminist scholar Sara Ahmed.

The post drew strong criticism from Israeli officials, including Danny Danon, a former science minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, who said: “Ten points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite.”

Israel’s current ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, said: “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 and seeks the annihilation of Israel) and the PA (which supports terror).”

Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo.
Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo. Composite: Greg Allen/Invision/AP/RIchard Young/Rex/Shutterstock

In a letter organised by Artists for Palestine UK, a cultural network “standing together for Palestinian rights”, more than 40 named people, including Gael García Bernal, Jim Jarmusch, Maxine Peake, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Coogan, said: “We join Emma Watson in support of the simple statement that ‘solidarity is a verb’, including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians struggling for their human rights under international law.”  Read more..


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  1. Okay, bear with me om this, I have mentioned before that I am never the smart one in the room and I am about to prove it again:
    back TO the 80s!
    Ronald “Israel First” Reagan.
    Reagan was against boycotting South African Apartheid!?
    Is that correct?
    Because of the South African Diamonds that Antwerp and Israel
    were getting cheaper.
    Its all about the MONEY with those people.

  2. ‘This connection with the Colonies, natural, necessary and profitable both to those new countries, which thus obtained the services of educated men—Governors trained in knowledge of affairs, and Attorney-Generals imbued with the high traditions of English Law—and to the Inns themselves, which were thus kept in touch with the New World, is illustrated by the fact that the Middle Temple is represented by no less than five of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence. Of these, Thomas McKean is said to have written the Constitution of Delaware in a single night. And of the other four, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Lynch, Thomas Heyward, and Arthur Midleton—all Representatives of South Carolina—the first is believed to have drafted the greater part of the  Constitution of that State, and was afterwards Chairman of the Committee of Five who drafted the first Constitution of the United States.’ Quotes from the book The Innes of Court, Cecil Headlam.

    • You caused me to look up the “Inns of Court”, its origins and history, the four Coat of arms of each Inn, and the difference between a barrister and a solicitor. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. All The Worlds A Stage
    Performance Artists talk it into Being

    Parliament-parler ‘to speak or ‘to talk’
    Ment Middle French -ment, from Old French -ment, from Latin mente, ablative singular of mēns (“mind”).

    Critical Thinking becomes Magical Thinking.

    ‘At our feast,’ he (John Manningham) wrote, ‘Wee had a play called “Twelve Night, or What you will,” much like the “Commedy of Errores,” or “Menechmi” in Plautus, but most like and neere to that in Italian called “Inganni.”
    ‘the colonizing enterprises of the closing years of the sixteenth century were closely associated with the Middle Temple,’ and that on both sides of the Atlantic members of that Inn took a prominent part in the ‘birth of the American Nation’.’
    Quote from book The Innes of Court, by Cecil Headlam

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