HBO host John Oliver spat hatred against Israel’s Jews on Sunday, foaming about “apartheid” and the country’s “fucking war crimes”. He attacked an ally of the United States for having “blood on his hands”. The non-comedy rant became uncomfortable when Oliver cited as sources the UN Human Rights Council and a reporter who last week hinted that Israel had no right to exist.
At Last week tonight, he raged about the country’s response to Hamas rocket attacks: “As Israel insisted that there were military targets in this building and that they had destroyed it so humanely. as possible, even warning people to evacuate in advance. For memory, destroying a civilian residence appears to be a war crime, whether or not you send a courtesy text message.
After declaring that America has “blood on its hands” for the way we fight terrorism, Oliver made it clear that he REALLY hates Israel:
If America is serious about helping, it may seriously want to consider changing its long standing position here. Because for decades the backbone of US Middle East policy has been that America is a staunch friend of Israel, which is great. But at the end of the day, I hope a real friend will tell me when I’m an asshole and definitely when I’m committing a fucking war crime.
He wasn’t done yet, slimming the Israelis for their apartheid system: “To the people of Gaza, it may seem like the only time anyone pays attention to what’s going on there is when Hamas fires rockets, which is understandably very live under a suffocating blockade for 14 years. And in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinians are essentially ruled by a form of apartheid.. ”
Who are the experts that Oliver cited? On the one hand, he released a clip of Palestinian journalist Mohammed El-Kurd. Just last week El-Kurd appeared on MSNBC and suggested that Israel was created illegally and has no right to exist: “Looking at the history of this country and seeing how this country came into being, it came into being. robbing people’s homes and lands and destroying popular villages.
Then he referred to the attacks on Israel by the United Nations Human Rights Council, without mentioning how this country has been infested with anti-Semitic fanatics. As the Anti-Defamation League notesre:
In June 2018, the United States announced that it was formally withdrawing from the HRC, citing anti-Israel biases and the organization’s inclusion of countries violating human rights as the motivation for the decision. The UK has also announced that it will step down if the Council maintains its anti-Israel bias.
So the question is: why does John Oliver hate Israel so much? And why does he back up his messy speeches by quoting fanatics?
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A partial transcript is below. Click on “expand” to find out more.
Last week tonight
ANTHONY MASON: This morning the worst violence in years between Israelis and Palestinians escalates. The Israeli army has attacked new targets in Gaza, the Palestinian territory where militants fire hundreds of rockets at Israel. And in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian protesters fought with police.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Since Monday, more than 80 Palestinians have been killed and 7 Israelis in this tit-for-tat war.
JOHN OLIVER: Okay, there’s a lot to unbox out there, from the horror of the situation – which has worsened considerably since then – to the use of the phrase “tit-for-tat war. “in a conflict where you just point one side suffered more than ten times as many losses, which is an imbalance at play here and how that is often obscured by the way we choose to talk about it. And look, if you don’t have a complete grasp of Middle Eastern history, I know it can sound overwhelming – the last chapter in a long story you haven’t read.
So I’m not going to try to recap the story here, or even offer a solution – although, interestingly, I have one. Because someone with that accent always thinks they can make things right in the Middle East. I redesigned the map a bit and am confident it would work just fine. But this week was actually a pretty good reminder that while some things are incredibly complex and require a lot of context, others are just plain wrong. Take, for example, one of the incidents that was critical – the planned eviction of Palestinians who have lived in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for generations. It is currently linked to the Israeli justice system, with the Foreign Ministry calling it a “real estate dispute.” But it’s worth knowing that the UN human rights commissioner has said these expulsions would violate Israel’s obligations under international law. It is therefore not difficult to understand why sanitized terms like “evictions” or “property disputes” disturb those who live there.
CNN REPORTER: You grew up in the neighborhood. Your family home must be evicted. What’s the scene right now?
MOHAMMED EL-KURD: Well, I – thank you very much for inviting me. For starters, it’s not really an eviction. It is forced ethnic displacement, to be precise. The eviction does not involve the collusion of hundreds and hundreds of heavily armed police, armies and settlers, who blow up your doors, throw your children out of windows, and use brute force to throw you into the streets and attack you and stop if you resist. It does not involve grenades. This does not involve rubber coated balls.
OLIVER: That’s right. The threat of eviction is only accurate on a very superficial level. on this day you live somewhere, the next day not, and this change was not your choice, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s like making a headline that says “Matt Gaetz speaks to Florida kids.” Of course, not inaccurate. But some pretty crucial details are missing on the exact nature of this interaction. And look, it’s true that militants from Palestinian groups like Hamas have fired over a thousand rockets at Israel this week, and it’s reprehensible. But – and I realize that this is the most successful conjunction in history – “But” – the majority of these rockets fortunately did not hit their target, for a very clear reason.
OLIVER: Yeah, Israel has a so called Iron Dome. And I know “What if we detonate the rockets with more rockets?” Looks like something someone wrote drunk once on a napkin, but it’s a real military defense system that works. And I also know that all the rockets were not shot down. Israeli civilians have been killed this week, which is terrible. But the point is, it is not “Tit for tat”. There is a massive imbalance in the weaponry and capabilities of both sides. While most rockets targeting Israeli citizens this week have been intercepted, Israel’s airstrikes have not. They achieved their goals, including a house in a refugee camp, a building housing the associated press and Al Jazeera, and this 13-story office and apartment building. And while Israel insisted that there were military targets in this building and that they had destroyed it as humanely as possible, even warning people to evacuate in advance, for the record, destroy civilian residence certainly appears to be a war crime, whether or not you send a courtesy note.
And when dozens of people saw their homes or livelihoods destroyed, it doesn’t really help that the IDF released this triumphant meme showing the blast and rubble labeled “before” and “after”. “Look what we did! People used to live there, and now they can’t! And of course, in general, you probably should never even have a war crime. But if you absolutely have to, at least go for something less boring than the before / after model. Maybe use the Drake meme or the disaster girl. There’s a building collapsing, so check it already there, and it’s a little girl with eyes crying, “I don’t know what the Geneva Conventions are, and frankly I don’t care. ”
OLIVER: To the people of Gaza, it may seem like the only time someone pays attention to what’s going on there is when Hamas is firing rockets, which is understandably very frustrating, as they live under a blockade. stuffy for 14 years. And in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestinians are essentially governed by a form of apartheid, an assessment endorsed by international and Israeli human rights groups. Life in Gaza is tough even when it is not bombed. And the US government has implicitly co-signed the brutally hard line that Israel has taken.
OLIVER: Look, there’s a real trend, especially in America, to “both sides” of this situation, and I’m not saying there aren’t certain areas where it’s warranted, but it’s important. of
recognize that there are also areas where it just isn’t. Both sides fire rockets, but one side has one of the most advanced armies in the world.
OLIVER: And it’s not like the United States is operating from a high moral level here. This is obviously no stranger to marriages struck by drones and saying, “We were just trying to target enemy fighters.” This country also has blood on its hands.
OLIVER: And if America is serious about helping, it might seriously consider changing its long standing position here. Because for decades the backbone of US Middle East policy has been that America is a steadfast friend of Israel. Which is great, but at the end of the day I hope a real friend tells me when I’m an asshole and definitely when I’m committing a fucking war crime.