Jewish-American comedian and actor Jon Lovitz reprimanded British talk show host John Oliver this week after the latter criticized the United States on his HBO show for supporting Israel and the alleged “suffering” the Jewish state has caused among Palestinians in Gaza during its ongoing war against Hamas terrorists.
Lovitz wrote in a post on X/Twitter that the US would of course support its “democratic ally” Israel over a terrorist organization — Hamas — that perpetrated the deadly Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel “so they could start a never-ending war with Israel and annihilate Israel and then Jews all over the world.” He concluded the post by saying, “God bless America. #IstandwithIsrael.”
In a separate post, the Three Amigos! star shared a link to an article headlined, “Hamas terrorists confess to raping corpses, beheading children.” Lovitz told Oliver, “Please talk about this on your next show.”
Lovitz has been strongly supportive on social media of Israel’s military campaign against Hamas since the Oct. 7 atrocities, in which Hamas terrorists killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took over 240 others as hostages, most of whom are still in captivity.
After Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted the US last week for wanting to fund Israel’s “long-term military occupation over an already battered and impoverished people,” Lovitz challenged the lawmaker in a post on X.
“Well, you’ve done a great job at keeping peace in the region,” the actor wrote sarcastically. “They don’t want peace. They want to kill all Israelis … Are you really this naive?”
During the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on Nov. 12, Oliver gave an opening monologue that focused on the Israel-Hamas war. He said Israel has launched a “siege” of Gaza in retaliation for the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks and then slammed America for backing Israel and giving it military aid over the years. He accused the US of being “heavily implicated” in why Palestinians are suffering in the Gaza Strip, and commented that the “made in America” slogan Americans are so “proud of” is being tied to “stuff that’s killing people.”
“Collective punishment is a war crime,” Oliver added, referring to Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip. He blamed the Jewish state for the “relentless bombings of civilians” and made allegations about Israel’s actions towards Gaza before the war started.
“Israel’s approach to Gaza has been truly punishing,” he said. “Fencing people in, limiting exits, and trapping them inside what has been called an open-air prison … Life under a blockade there has been hard for a long time, even where there aren’t bombs flying.”
During his monologue he also said a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas “has to be the first step” in currently bringing peace to the Middle East, criticizing the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and backhandedly calling Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan as “asshole.”
“I don’t want to say anything to deny the pain of those in Israel who have lost loved ones to a truly barbarous act or who are waiting anxiously for the return of hostages,” he further noted. “[But] it has to be possible to feel the pain in one community without denying it in another.”
The Nov. 12 episode of Oliver’s show did not air as scheduled in Israel due to a “technical mishap,” a spokesperson for the Israeli television company Yes told the New York Post on Thursday. Yes said the episode is instead available for viewing on its “video on-demand” platform. The New York Post said the company declined to comment on an Israeli news report citing a Facebook post from Yes’ official social media page that accused Oliver of parroting “Hamas propaganda.”
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Protester Sets Self on Fire Outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta
i24 News – A protester was in critical condition on Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also wounded.
A Palestinian flag found at the scene was part of the protest, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. He added that investigators did not believe there was any connection to terrorism and none of the consular staff was ever in danger.
JUST IN: A pro-Palestine protester is in critical condition after they set themselves on fire in “political protest” outside of the Israeli Consulate office in Atlanta.
The protester was reportedly draped in a Palestine flag.
The protester has severe burns and unfortunately, a… pic.twitter.com/B8nUQAj2nU
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 1, 2023
“We do not see any threat here,” he said. “We believe it was an act of extreme political protest that occurred.” Everyone inside the consulate building was said to be safe.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the southeastern U.S., said: “We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building. It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.”
“The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act. We are grateful to the city of Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for all they do to ensure safety.”
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Released Israeli Hostages Call for Captives to Be Freed
Israeli hostages released in the past week by Hamas in Gaza called on Saturday for the immediate release of fellow captives left behind, a day after a temporary truce that had allowed scores to come home broke down.
Tens of thousands gathered at a rally in Tel Aviv outside Israel‘s defense headquarters, where they cheered Yelena Trupanov, 50, standing on a stage just two days after being freed.
“I came to thank you because without you I wouldn’t be here. Now we must bring back my (son) Sasha, and everyone. Now.”
Similar pleas from other released hostages were shown on video.
A seven-day truce, during which Hamas had released more than 100 hostages, collapsed on Friday after Hamas breached the ceasefire.
Israel said on Saturday it had recalled a Mossad intelligence agency team from Qatar, host of indirect negotiations with Hamas, accusing the Palestinian faction of reneging on a deal that would have freed all children and women held hostage.
More than 240 people – Israelis and foreign nationals – were abducted to Gaza on Oct 7. by Hamas terrorists who burst through the border with Israel and killed 1,200 people.
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IDF Foils Stabbing Attack Near Nablus in West Bank, Eliminates Terrorist
i24 News – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported thwarting a stabbing attack on Saturday afternoon against reserve Battalion 7037 at the X junction near Nablus in the West Bank.
According to the IDF spokesperson, the event unfolded when the forces at the roadblock became suspicious of an individual approaching the barricade.
During the questioning process, the suspect suddenly drew a knife and advanced towards the IDF personnel.
ניסיון פיגוע דקירה אירע לפני זמן קצר לעבר כוח צה”ל במילואים מגדוד 7037 שפעל בחסם בצומת האיקס סמוך לעיר שכם שבמרחב חטיבת שומרון.
הכוח חשד במחבל שהגיע לחסם והחל לתחקר אותו, המחבל שלף סכין והחל להתקדם לעבר הכוח.
הלוחמים חתרו למגע והגיבו בירי לעבר המחבל שחוסל. אין נפגעים לכוחותינו. pic.twitter.com/mEaJs58hpE
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) December 2, 2023
The soldiers, faced with the threat, engaged in contact procedures and ultimately responded by opening fire on the assailant. The spokesperson confirmed that the attacker was neutralized due to the IDF’s action.
It was also noted that there were no casualties among the IDF forces involved in the incident. According to the spokesperson, the situation at the X junction has stabilized, and IDF continues to maintain vigilance in the area to prevent further attacks.
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