Israel’s advocates who are disappointed in Jon Stewart’s apparent lack of support can now take comfort. There is at least one comedy icon firmly in the pro-Israel camp - Joan Rivers.
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Accosted at the airport by the show business gossip web site TMZ, Rivers was passionate and eager to argue Israel’s case as she responded to questions from the reporter about events in the Middle East in what TMZ headlined as an “epic Israel/Palestine rant.”
“Let me just tell you - if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe ‘em out. I am so bored. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey. So I don’t want to hear any more, ‘oh, we’ll do a PARTIAL truce.’ The Palestinians cannot throw rockets and not expect people not to defend themselves.”
When asked about civilian casualties in Gaza, Rivers exclaimed, “If you don’t want civilian casualties, she said, “Then don’t put your goddamn things in private homes! I’m sorry, don’t you dare put weapons stashes in private homes.”
The TMZ reporter then pointed out that many say that Gazans have nowhere to go to be safe - and asked her how she knew so much about it.
“I don’t care! They started it. You’re all insane. They started it. What are you all saying, they started it. For months this has been going on. What are you supposed to do? How do I know? I’ve been over there - that’s how I know. And I wish the world would know. And the BBC should be ashamed of themselves and CNN should be ashamed of themselves and everybody STOP it already.”
Rivers was disdainful of the high-profile celebrities who have been expressing their concern for Gaza to Twitter, most prominently, pop sensations Rihanna and Selena Gomez.
“Selena Gomez, oh, yeah, that college grad,” Rivers snorted. “Oh, well, if SELENA said that…Yeah, let’s see if she can spell “Palestinian.”