British right-wing media personality, columnist and Twitter troll Katie Hopkins is in Israel – where she has giving the world her opinion of everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Temple Mount, kibbutzim and even the Dead Sea.
Hopkins is infamous in the United Kingdom for calling migrants “cockroaches,” even stating in one article that she would use gunships to keep them away.
She also called for a “Final Solution” in response to the deadly Manchester Arena bombing attack in May 2017, for which she was promptly fired from her job on a popular political radio show in London.
She also stirred controversy for her shaming of overweight individuals and has gained the admiration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has praised her work on Twitter.
On a more comical note, she widely ridiculed for stating that she would never name her child after a place, despite her child’s name being India.
Hopkins came to Israel with "Rebel Media," the far-right Canadian publication, founded by Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, which is known for its staunch anti-Muslim ideology.
So where has Katie been in Israel?
She started her "Twitter trip" in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, where she launched an attack on the pro-boycott BDS movement – arguing that 70 percent of employees in the settlement's industrial zone are Palestinians.
She then spoke in Tel Aviv and met with the Proud Boys, a group of hyper-macho, pro-Western men – and, obviously, there was a photo-op.
She then headed south and near the Gaza border, where she witnessed the remnants of Hamas rockets, a bomb shelter and a children’s playground that is close to a number of bomb shelters.
She came to the conclusion that “here, in Israel, your neighbors are not your friends.”
After the emotional rollercoaster of being in the stressful south, she went northward in search of some R&R in the Galilee region, which she decided was relatively at peace.
She then headed even further north, to the Lebanese border, where she snapped a photo with Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
Donning a “I 'heart' Israel” T-Shirt, as she stood by the sea in the north, she explained to her audience why the Israel-Lebanese border should offer a perfect explanation about why open borders in Europe are a bad idea. “You know we talk in Europe about 'open borders,' but actually at every border there’s tension and conflict – and here that is very apparent and very obvious,” she declares.
Next: the kibbutz. She provided a very particular version of the kibbutz ideology: “Basically, people live together, work together sleep together in a sort of socialized collective form of working. The sort of thing you believe in when you’re still young and naive, and imagine unicorns to be real,” says Hopkins, who first rose to fame in the British version of "The Apprentice" in 2007.
The next stop on Hopkins' tour was the Golan, where she commented on the Syrian civil war and weighed in on whose side her audience should be on.
“You know people always say Assad is a monster. But having seen what we’ve seen, knowing what we know, knowing that Assad is a secular leader of a sovereign nation, I have to say that I think in these kind of situations you have to choose your monster – and for me, Assad is the best monster we have on option right now.”
She then headed to the Dead Sea, noting that “fat people bounce” there. Then it was Jerusalem, where she expressed pride that Trump had decided to move the embassy there, that Israel now had friends in Britain and America, and that Trump was right to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council because of its bullying of Israel.
After all of these videos, Hopkins spent a quick few minutes in the West Bank, visiting Bethlehem and a refugee camp.
And lastly, back again to Jerusalem, where she visited the Temple Mount. Obviously baffled by the complexity of the situation, she stated that “for the Jewish groups to be able to visit, they have to have armed police accompany them. They have nine patrolling with rubber bullets,” she continued, before offering this assessment: “The Muslims are definitely in control.”
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