Roseanne Barr Opens Israel Tour With West Bank Settlement Visit

Comedian and pro-Israel activist planted a tree alongside settler leader and said Jewish settlers are 'the pioneers at the forefront of Israel' ■ BDS, she claims, 'is very much the same as the first Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses'

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The first stop in American-Jewish comedian and pro-Israel activist Roseanne Barr's Israel tour - which she says is intended to help Israel in its fight against the BDS movement - was West Bank settlement Peduel, where she was greeted on Friday by a prominent figure in the settler movement.

Barr was handed flowers by children before touring the settlement with Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan and celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach and planting a tree. She said Israeli settlers are "the pioneers at the forefront of the State of Israel."

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"I came here because I want to be of service to my people," Barr told Israel's News Company in an interview that aired on Friday. BDS, she said, "is very much the very same thing as the first Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses. It is a boycott of Jews worldwide. It pretends to be a boycott of just certain aspects of Israel, but it also calls for a boycott of businesses that do business with Israel, which means the American-Jewish business community."

Barr landed in Israel on Thursday accompanied by Rabbi Boteach, founder of the World Values Network, who is sponsoring the tour. She is slated to participate on Sunday in a Knesset discussion about celebrities' role in fighting BDS and is also due to meet Culture Minister Miri Regev, as reported by Arutz Sheva. The comedian is also expected to visit Tel Aviv, northern Israel and several historical sites.

Barr reiterated her claim that she was fired from ABC due to anti-Semitism, after having published a racist tweet mocking Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and an African-American woman. The tweet said “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."

Barr claims she has also been punished for supporting U.S. President Donald Trump, "by people who hate him and who hated me because I supported him from day one when I went back to work." She added her tweet was "mischaracterized … as if at the height of my fame and my power in Hollywood I would make a racist remark comparing an African-American or any people of color to an animal. I would never do that and I did not do that."

The comedian who once called Israel a "Nazi state" told a group of pro-Israel activists in 2016 she is now such a Zionist that "she might be moving" to Israel. In an interview with Haaretz in 2016, Roseanne even referred to herself as a "rabbi."