Hashtag ‘Boycott Zara’ is trending on Twitter after Palestinian model Qaher Harhash exposed anti-Palestinian and ‘Islamophobic’ conversation with Vanessa Perilman, Head Designer at Zara. Vanessa allegedly sent controversial messages to Qaher in response to pro-Palestine posts by the model from occupied east Jerusalem.
The alleged message sent by Vanessa to Qaher said: “Israelis don’t teach children to hate, nor throw stones at soldiers as your people do. The people in my industry know the truth about Israel and Palestine and I will never stop defending Israel. People like you just come and go in the end.”
“Maybe if your people were educated then they wouldn’t blow up hospitals and schools that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza.”
“I think it’s funny that you’re a model because in reality, that is against what the Muslim faith believes in and if you were to come out of the closet in any Muslim country, you would be stoned to death,” she added.
In the most recent wave of violence, Israel’s bombardment of Gaza killed at least 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, in 11 days and brought widespread devastation to the already impoverished territory. On the Israeli side, 12 people, including two children, were killed.