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Prominent Fashion Brand Under Fire For Anti-Muslim, Anti-Palestine Remarks

“Maybe if your people were educated, they wouldn’t blow up hospitals and schools that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza…”



This is not okay.

Prominent retail fashion brand Zara has come under fire with calls to boycott after a designer for the Spanish clothing brand was caught throwing anti-Palestinian remarks.

Vanessa Perilman, the head designer for Zara’s women’s department, allegedly made the controversial comments in a message responding to pro-Palestine posts by a model who later shared her (Vanessa) message on Instagram.


“Maybe if your people were educated, they wouldn’t blow up hospitals and schools that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza,”


The message was sent to Qaher Harhash, a Palestinian model from occupied east Jerusalem.


Photo via Instagram


Perilman continued to say, from the screenshot revealed by Harhash.


“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 won’t go and blow up schools and hospitals that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza.”


Perilman has since deleted her Instagram account and other social media pages after receiving widespread backlash that has also seen pro-Palestinian advocates complain to Zara.


Photo via Instagram

Harhash ended the story with the hashtag #BoycottZara.

“It was obvious she apologized because she felt threatened by people messaging her and calling out her ignorance,” Harhash wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “So far, Vanessa Perilman hasn’t been fired.”

This issue didn’t die off there though. Many called out the fashion brand for not addressing the statement publicly.




Harhash himself has called on the public to boycott the brand using the hashtag #BoycottZara. The fashion brand has yet to publicly comment on the controversy, although social media users have shared screenshots of an emailed statement from the retailer claiming the “misunderstanding has been clarified and closed.”

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