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 back Harry Potter actress Emma Walter Sen. Social media posts on Palestinian unity drew the ire of Israeli officials.
“We join Emma Watson in supporting the simple statement of ‘solidarity is a verb,’ including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians who are fighting for their human rights under international law,” circulated Thursday and shared by more than 40 film industry leaders A statement signed by prominent figures said.
Breakthrough: Messages from over 40 characters from the film industry supporting Harry Potter stars:
“We recognize the underlying power imbalance between Israel, the occupying Power, and the Palestinians, a people under military occupation and apartheid”https://t.co/6Eim6aiP6F
— British Palestinian artist 🍉 (@Art4PalestineUK) January 13, 2022
“We recognize the potential power imbalance between Israel, the occupying Power, and Palestinians under military occupation and apartheid,” the letter said.
Last week, an Instagram post on Watson’s account shared a photo of a pro-Palestinian rally that read “Unity is a Verb.” The British actress is probably best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.
Israel Last week, officials were quick to condemn the post, which was liked by more than a million social media users.
“Anti-Semites in Gryffindor give 10 points,” tweeted Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, referring to the Harry Potter movie.
“Fiction may work for Harry Potter, but it doesn’t work in reality,” Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted. “If so, what is used in the wizarding world. Magic can take away the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women and seeks to destroy Israel) and the Palestinian Authority (which supports terror). I would approve!” he said.
In their statement, the film professional unequivocally condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and bigotry in all its forms.
Other signatories to the pro-Palestinian letter include: award-winning screenwriter James Shams (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Oscar-nominated director Asif Kapadia (Amy), Mira Nair (Mumbai Salah) Tom) and writer/producer Oren Moverman (“The Courier”).
Palme d’Or winner Ken Lodge (me, Daniel Black), actors Michael Malakey (The Vampire Diaries) and Matt McGory (Orange is the New Black, How To Get Away With Murder) also signed on.
“We oppose Israel’s ongoing attempts to forcibly remove Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem communities. Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and other parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the letter reads.