Bill Maher, liberal host of HBO’s “Real Time,” slammed anti-Israel activists and the media on Friday for their support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is designed to destroy Israel.
Maher’s comments come after Israel barred anti-Semitic Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from entering their country last week after the two far-left members of Congress planned to meet with groups that support terrorism against Israel and have promoted neo-Nazis screeds.
“It’s a bulls**t purity test. BDS is a bulls**t purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class,” Maher said. “It’s predicated on this notion — I think it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong.”
“As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” Maher continued. “Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”
“Let me read Omar Barghouti, one of the co-founders of the movement,” Maher added. “His quote: ‘No rational Palestinian … would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.’ So that’s where that comes from, this movement, someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all. Somehow this side never gets presented in the American media. It’s very odd.”
The left-leaning Anti-Defamation League writes the following about the BDS movement:
The campaign to delegitimize Israel is being waged across the globe: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, is the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence. The BDS campaign is rampant with misinformation and distortion. ADL responds to BDS threats through advocacy and education, and we recently partnered with Reut Institute to develop in-depth analysis and strategic initiatives to marginalize and expose the illegitimacy of the BDS movement.