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Jewish Actor Jon Lovitz Tells Those Who Hate It When Jews Defend Themselves: ‘Tough S—t’

Jon Lovitz arrives at the 23rd Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Annual Gala held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Friday, August 18, 2023. Photo: Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

Jewish actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, who has strongly backed Israel during its war against Hamas terrorists, had some choice words for his critics amid a global rise in antisemitism since the outbreak of the conflict launched by Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

“I’m speaking out because I feel I must. The world doesn’t like it when Jews fight back. Tough s—t,” The Benchwarmers star wrote Tuesday on X/Twitter.

“The positive responses I get far outweigh the vile comments,” he added. “Whenever they call me names, like I’m a Nazi or has been or not funny, I realize I’ve successfully punched a bully in the nose and they’re bleeding. In the words of Sylvester Stallone… Keep punching! #IStandwithIsrael.”

I appreciate your support during this time of war in Israel and the rise of antisemitism in the United States and around the world. I’m speaking out because I feel I must.

The world doesn’t like it when Jews fight back. Tough shit.

The positive responses I get far outweigh the…

— Jon Lovitz (@realjonlovitz) November 28, 2023

A day earlier, the former Saturday Night Live cast member called out a critic who accused him of supporting “genocide” for backing Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, pointing out the fact that the Palestinian terror group had started the war.

“I support Israel standing up for itself and destroying Hamas,” Lovitz tweeted. “So the Palestinians and Israelis can be free from Hamas terrorists who don’t care about anyone, Israelis or Palestinians. It’s not genocide.. it’s war. A war Hamas deliberately started. Knowing Israel would retaliate and knowing innocent Palestinian civilians would be killed. They don’t care.”

When a user on X applauded Lovitz for being “a voice of reason and sanity against antisemitic lunatics,” the Rat Race actor replied, “How can I NOT stand up? This is how it started in Germany. This is about survival! When Jews fight back, people don’t like it. And people say I’m doing this for attention. Hardly.”

Lovitz has publicly and relentlessly voiced support for Israel and condemned Hamas on social media since Hamas’ deadly Oct. 7 onslaught. Earlier this month, the actor criticized British talk show host John Oliver for making misleading accusations about Israel’s actions during the war and rebuking the United States for supporting the Jewish state.

Lovitz also revealed in a new interview with Fox News that the only antisemitism he experienced in Hollywood has been “from other Jews,” adding that he lost movie roles for being Jewish.

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‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters

Posters slamming Israel and decrying Canada’s suspension of funding to UNRWA were found at the Thornhill, Ont., offices of Melissa Lantsman, a pro-Israel and Jewish Conservative MP who serves as deputy leader of the Official Opposition.   “Blood on Your Hands,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Fund UNRWA Now” were among the messages found taped to […]

The post ‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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IDF Chief Weighs in on Ultra-Orthodox Military Service, Week After New Draft Bill Proposed

FILE PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks during his transition ceremony with the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and the outgoing chief, in Jerusalem, January 16, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi called on the ultra-Orthodox public to mobilize for the current and future wars, a position at odds with their historic role in the state, in which they enjoy near blanket exemptions from military service.

“In these challenging days, there is one thing that is very clear: Everyone should mobilize for the defense of the homeland,” Halevi said.

He added: “This is a different era, and what was before it will certainly be re-examined. The IDF has always sought to bring into its ranks from all sections of Israeli society. This war illustrates the need to change. Join the service, protect the homeland. We have a historic opportunity to expand the sources of recruitment for the IDF at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to create the right solutions and conditions for any population that will join this noble mission.”

The issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment in the IDF has been a hot button issue since the state’s establishment in 1948 and, in more recent years, the cause of wide scale backlash against the community. As part of an agreement when the state was founded, the ultra-Orthodox public was exempted completely from service. However, as the years progressed and the population grew exponentially, critics of the policy decried the unfairness of it.

A bill last week was introduced by the ruling Likud Party that called for an increase in military service time, particularly for reserve forces, yet failed to discuss the ultra-Orthodox issue. Backlash from both opposition and coalition members was swift.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich at the time said, “The ultra-Orthodox public is dear and loved and contributes a lot to the State of Israel, and it is now essential that it also take a more significant part in the tasks of defense and security. This move should happen out of dialogue and discussion and not by coercion or, God forbid, by defamation. Religious Zionism proves that it is possible to combine Torah study and observance of minor and severe mitzvot together with military service at the front. My ultra-Orthodox brothers, we need you!”

Halevi’s comments were his first on the highly contentious issue.

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Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks present their case to the International Criminal Court, hoping for arrest warrants against Hamas

A legal brief documenting the kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of Israelis who are being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza has been filed at the International Criminal Court by the Canadian-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. The 1,000-page dossier documents the brutality of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which killed […]

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