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‘He’s an American, You Idiots!’ Social Media Erupts After Protest of Jerry Seinfeld Show Over His Israel Support

Jerry Seinfeld arriving at a US Open tennis match on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo: Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

Social media users called a large pro-Palestinian protest outside Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy show in downtown Syracuse, New York, “misguided” and said that targeting him for being an American Jew who supports Israel was antisemitic.

Hundreds of activists reportedly participated in the “Shut It Down for Palestine” demonstration on Friday. The rally was organized by the Syracuse chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the Syracuse Collective for Palestinian Liberation, the Resilient Indigenous Action Collective and the Syracuse chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The protesters marched in front of the Landmark Theatre, where Seinfeld’s stand-up show took place, and called for the event to be shut down because of the Jewish comedian’s support for Israel.

Following the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7, Seinfeld joined hundreds of Hollywood celebrities in signing two open letters that condemned Hamas, showed solidarity with Israel, and called for the return of the 240 hostages taken by the Palestinian terrorist organization back to the Gaza Strip. But enraged social media users said this week that protesting Seinfeld’s show in Syracuse made no sense since he is American and not directly tied to Israel or the actions of the Israeli government during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

“Hes [sic] an American you idiots! The pro hamas protesters are so misguided. God help us!” one user on X/Twitter tweeted after the protest, while a separate user wrote that “picketing Jerry Seinfeld for Palestine is the dumbest thing I’ve heard in the last 20 minutes.”

Another user said: “Protesting against Israel at the Seinfeld show in Syracuse? What’s Jerry supposed to do about it? This just in folks, American Jews are, wait for it, American! Blaming us for anything Israel does is Anti-Semitic, pure and simple. It’s gotten out of hand.”

US Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also commented on the protest. He tweeted that Seinfeld “is an iconic American COMEDIAN who’s also Jewish …  he’s a COMEDIAN not a diplomat or gov official. Stop targeting American Jews. This is wrong.”

“Palestine supporters should NOT be attacking or interfering with a person trying to make a living just because he/she is Jewish” said another user on X.

According to the world’s leading definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel is antisemitic.

The organizers of the Syracuse protest falsely accused Israel of genocide in a statement released on Tuesday, saying that the former Seinfeld star and comedian “is one of several celebrities denying the genocide of Palestinians” for supporting “the fascist IDF’s genocidal bombing of Gaza and its illegal terrorization of the West Bank.”

“Therefore, Palestinian, Arab, Indigenous, and working-class community members could simply not let the show go as usual when more and more of the beautiful lives and stories of Palestinian martyrs are cut short daily by the thousands because of Israel‘s decades-long genocide of Palestinians and Palestine,” the organizers added. “Until Palestine is Free From The River To The Sea, our community will continue to #shutitdown4palestine. An immediate and permanent ceasefire is just the base of our demands. We demand the end to the settler-colonial occupation of both Palestine and Turtle Island.”

The slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” has been widely interpreted as a call for the destruction of Israel, which is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and to have it replaced with “Palestine.”

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Iran Unveils New Air Defense Weaponry

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani speaks at a press conference during the unveiling of a new surface-to-surface 4th generation Khorramshahr ballistic missile. Photo: Reuters/West Asia News Agency

i24 NewsIran demonstrated new weaponry on Saturday, including what it said was the locally made Arman anti-ballistic missile system and the Azarakhsh low-altitude air defense system, said the official IRNA news agency. Saturday’s unveiling ceremony of the two vehicle-mounted systems was held in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani.

“With the entry of new systems into the country’s defense network, the air defense capability of the Islamic Republic of Iran will increase significantly,” said IRNA.

Video of the new Azarakhsh SHORAD engaging a target drone

It’s radar has a detection range of 50km, with 25km for it’s EO/IR suite

— Iran Defense|نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران (@IranDefense) February 17, 2024

The Arman missile system is said to be able to “simultaneously confront six targets at a distance of 120 to 180 km,” while the Azarakhsh missile system “can identify and destroy targets up to a range of 50 km with four ready-to-fire missiles.”

The announcement comes amid tensions across the Middle East, with Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis attacking vessels linked to the United States, UK and Israel in the Red Sea in a show of solidarity with the Gaza Strip.

Iran unveils domestically-manufactured Arman anti-ballistic missile and Azarakhsh low-altitude air defense system

— Press TV (@PressTV) February 17, 2024

The U.S. and its allies in the Middle East are concerned with Iran’s growing role at the international global arms market, The Wall Street Journal said on Friday. The transformation of the industry, boosted by Russia’s “purchase of thousands of drones that altered the battlefield in Ukraine, has helped Tehran scale up its support of militia allies in Middle East conflicts,” read the report.

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‘Exceptional Opportunity’: Blinken Says ‘Virtually Every Arab Country’ Wants to Normalize Ties with Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on, as U.S. President Joe Biden (not pictured) speaks about the conflict in Israel, after Hamas launched its biggest attack in decades, while making a statement about the crisis, at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 7, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo

i24 NewsU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the present moment represented an “exceptional opportunity” for Israel to normalize ties with Arab states.

“Virtually every Arab country now wants to integrate Israel into the region to normalize relations,” the official told the conference, according to Reuters.

Blinken also spoke of an “urgent” imperative to “proceed with a Palestinian state that would also ensure the security of Israel.” He said there was a regional effort underway to revive the Palestinian Authority, and turn it into a viable institution.

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Hamas Suspends Hostage Deal Talks and Demands Aid, Arab Media Reports

Palestinian group Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, gestures as he speaks during his visit at Ain el Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon September 6, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

i24 NewsIn a recent statement published on Telegram, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh pointed fingers at Israel for the lack of advancement in reaching a ceasefire agreement in Gaza, the terrorist group disclosed on Saturday.

Yet, Arab media later reported that Hamas suspended all negotiation and ceasefire talks due to a demand for aid.

Haniyeh emphasized Hamas’s consistent efforts to engage positively with mediators to halt aggression against the Palestinian people, end the unjust siege, and facilitate aid delivery, shelter, and reconstruction efforts.

Despite Hamas’s purported flexibility in negotiations, Haniyeh lamented Israel’s perceived maneuvers and delays, which, he claimed, exacerbate the plight of the Palestinian population.

Notably, one of the sticking points in the negotiations revolves around the release of prisoners held by Hamas, with the organization highlighting its previous concession of releasing hostages in exchange for security prisoners held in Israel for terrorism offenses.

However, Haniyeh asserted that Hamas remains steadfast in its demands for a comprehensive ceasefire, including the cessation of aggression, withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, lifting of the siege, provision of safe shelter for displaced individuals, particularly in the northern Gaza Strip, and commitment to reconstruction efforts.

The Hamas leader emphasized the importance of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and ensuring the release of older prisoners and those serving long sentences as part of any potential prisoner exchange agreement.

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