Spanish clothing giant Zara has faced criticism after its chief designer Vanessa Perilman spewed anti-Palestinian rhetoric.
Perilman defended Israel’s position against Palestine, blaming the terrorists in Gaza on the victims.
“Maybe if your people were educated they wouldn’t blow up the hospitals and schools that Israel helped pay for in Gaza,” Perilman reportedly wrote to Qaher Harhash, a Palestinian model from occupied East Jerusalem.
The model then put it on display as he shared the screenshot of Perilman’s alleged note, which reads: “Israelis don’t teach children to hate, and don’t throw stones at them. soldiers like your people do. ”
“People in my industry know the truth about Israel and Palestine and I will never stop standing up for Israel. People like you end up coming and going. Maybe if your people were educated they wouldn’t go and blow up schools and hospitals that Israel helped pay for in Gaza.
Harhash has since called on his followers to boycott the clothing giant using the hashtag #BoycottZara. The movement has spread around the world and many people have responded to this call in their own way.
Israeli airstrikes destroyed several health and education facilities last month, killing more than 250 Palestinians, including 67 children in the besieged Gaza Strip.
A large number of people have expressed their anger online and criticized the brand for not addressing the issue more publicly. One user shared that she also emailed Zara for a statement and the brand took a rather laid-back approach to her request.
Perilman is said to have deleted his Instagram account and other social media pages after a widespread backlash. Zara has yet to comment on the controversy, although she faces growing calls for a boycott.