J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ essay on Palestine and Israel
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J.K. Rowling published an essay Tuesday morning comparing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Wizarding War in her “Harry Potter” series after controversy erupted from her involvement in resisting an economic and political boycott of Israel – and now fans are divided.
Last Thursday, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling signed a “Culture for Coexistence” letter with 150 other major British figures that said in part, “cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace.”
The letter came after hundreds of UK academics announced a boycott of Israeli universities and after a growing pro-Palestine movement in support of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which compares the country’s actions against Palestinians to apartheid in South Africa.
Her inclusion in the letter angered many of her Palestinian and pro-Palestinian fans who began calling out the author on Twitter for her stance. Some even used the author’s well-known characters in support of the BDS.
“imagine someone sitting Hermione and Bellatrix down, after Bellatrix has tortured Hermione, to talk things out?” website
– Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) October 27, 2015