- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr spoke in Jerusalem Monday, decrying the “naked” bigotry of America’s far left that has “absolutely no interest” in establishing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The former Green Party presidential candidate described her ideological shift in a speech against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement at the Yediot Aharonot and Ynet Conference, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“Everything I believed about the left was severely shaken and the scales began to fall from my eyes in many ways,” she said. “I had to admit that many of those I considered comrades were naked bigots who had absolutely no interest in peace between Israel and Palestinians Arabs at all as I did.”

“It was shocking to realize that what I considered criticism of Israel many, many times gave way to the garden variety anti-Semitism that I’d heard all of my life, which is basically the code-word ‘Rothschild,’ ” the Jewish comedian said, referring to the well-known banking family of Jewish origin often used in anti-Semitic memes, The Blaze reported.

“BDS doesn’t want peace, nor do they want peace negotiations. They use code words like, ‘occupation’ and use it a lot [and] get all the mileage they can out of it,” Ms. Barr said.

She said the far left in America and Europe condemn Israel while turning a blind eye to Hamas resuming their tunnel building, The Post reported.

“You can’t make this [expletive] up, folks,” she said.

She explained that her original protests against Israel stemmed from the same moral obligation she felt when she protested against the Vietnam War, The Post reported.

“I didn’t know — when I was harshly critical of Israel as I was before 2010 — I didn’t know what you were doing. I thought it was like being harshly critical of the United States during Vietnam, when we said ‘this is wrong.’ But I didn’t know this was part of a creeping campaign of delegitimization of the entire state of Israel looking to its destruction. I didn’t know that,” she said during a short question-and-answer session after her speech, The Post reported.


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