[avatar user=”krupakshimehta” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By Krupakshi Mehta[/avatar]
Zara’s head designer, Vanessa Perilman, recently reacted to Palestinian model Qaher Harhash’s activism for Gazans. Following backlash on social media for anti-Palestinian comments made by Zara ‘s head designer, the fashion store has stated that it will never allow “discrimination of any type.”
Zara’s women’s department head designer, Vanessa Perilman, recently reacted to Palestinian model Qaher Harhash’s activism for Gazans. The designer allegedly wrote to Harhash in an online direct message, “Maybe if your people were educated then they wouldn’t blow up the hospitals and schools that Israel helped to pay for in Gaza.”
“The people in my industry know the truth about Israel and Palestine and I will never stop defending Israel, and people like you come and go in the end. Israelis don’t teach children to hate nor throw stones at soldiers as your people do,” Perilman wrote.
“I went into their profile, and I saw that it said she’s the senior women’s designer at Zara. So I was like, I backed up, I thought to myself, like first of all, I just don’t want to mess with, with anyone you know” said Harhash to NCB.
The model, however, is said to have shared screenshots of the chats on Instagram stories. The post went viral, and #BoycottZara quickly became a popular topic on social media. As a response, Zara’s parent company Inditex told NBC News in a statement it “does not accept any lack of respect to any culture, religion, country, race or belief.”
“We condemn these comments that do not reflect our core values of respect for one another, and we regret the offense that they have caused,” they added.
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Perilman, on the other hand, went on to apologize to the Palestinian model. “I am so so sorry. I really hope you can forgive me,” read a text sent by Perilman and shared by Harhash.