Fashion brand ‘Zara’ under fire after its head designer attacks Palestinian model [VIDEO]

In her hateful messages to Harhash, Perilman supported Israel's war crimes, blaming the Palestinian people and the Muslim faith.


International fashion brand Zara has been under fire as the Head Designer, Vanessa Perilman, attacked the Palestinian model Qaher Harhash, on Instagram.

The Head designer for Zara’s women’s department has been under fire after criticizing the Palestinian model in private Instagram messages. 

The messages were in response to pro-Palestine posts shared by Harhash, who later posted screenshots of their conversation on Instagram. The publicized chat caused thousands of Twitter users to criticize the brand for its lack of action.

In her hateful messages to Harhash, Perilman supported Israel’s war crimes, blaming the Palestinian people and the Muslim faith.

“Maybe if your people were educated, then they would not blow up the hospitals and educational institutions that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza,” Perilman wrote to Harhash, who is from occupied East Jerusalem. “Israelis do not teach their children to hate anyone or throw stones at soldiers as Palestinians do.”

The designer concluded her anti-Palestinian remarks with an Islamophobic statement. “Besides, I find it 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,” Perilman said.

After sharing Perilman’s initial attack, the model shared a screenshot of a section from a follow-up discussion between the two. Concerned about the prospect of losing her job, Perilman apologized for taking her anger out on the model.

Harhash took to his story and demand Zara to apologize formally and denounce all Islamophobic and anti-indigenous speech. Moreover, the model mentioned the hypocrisy within the industry in its hesitation to address Islamophobic designers despite taking quick action against anti-Semitic employees.

The Palestinian model has since called on his fans to boycott the brand using the hashtag #BoycottZara, which has already been trending due to its lack of sustainability and dubious ethics as a fast-fashion brand.


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