I’m not a Bill Maher fan. Never have been. But when it comes to Islam and Israel, he gets it more right than wrong and that really ticks off the left. Last night he brutally went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullsh*t purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.
You might think his uber-liberal audience would boo him but instead, they gave him loud applause over it. Maher declared the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement that is supported by some congressional Democrats as “a bullsh*t purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.” Ouch… and absolutely correct.
Maher kicked off the show’s panel segment by asking if it was “fair” to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel in wake of the clash between the Israeli government and pro-BDS U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar over their planned visit to Israel. But since Maher’s panelists all sidestepped the question, he decided he would “answer it myself.”
“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, 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 said.
All of this happened after Israel originally denied entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over their past comments supporting the boycott movement. Israel has a law that prohibits the entry of individuals who promote boycotting Israel. Not to mention the fact that Omar and Tlaib have terrorist connections and although Tlaib claimed it was to visit her grandmother, it was obviously to meet over the BDS movement. Israel granted Tlaib permission to visit family and she rejected it making her true intentions crystal clear here.
From The Hill:
“Both lawmakers have ripped the decision, with Omar calling it “an affront” and arguing in a statement this week that “Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress.”
“Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories,” she added.
“Israeli law prohibits those who support international calls to boycott Israel from entering the country.
“The Democratic-led House voted in July for legislation to oppose the BDS movement, which has garnered some support in recent years among Democrats on the party’s left flank. The House passed the measure in a 398-17 vote.
“Omar and Tlaib, who support the movement to press Israel over human rights issues in its conflict with Palestinians, were among those who voted against the measure.
“Tlaib, citing her family’s Palestinian roots, said in opposing the bill that she couldn’t “stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government in the state of Israel.”
“Israel’s decision to deny entry to Tlaib and Omar has put the issue back in the spotlight this week, with President Trump urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bar the U.S. congresswomen from entering the country.
“Trump has repeatedly gone after the lawmakers – the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and vocal critics of his administration – and accused them this week of making anti-Semitic remarks and claiming that they “hate” Israel.
“Maher on Friday night pointed to scrutiny over past comments from Omar, suggesting the decision by the Israeli government to not welcome them into the country made sense.
“Congresswoman Omar has said things like, ‘It’s all about the Benjamins,’ ‘Israel has hypnotized the world,’ ‘May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,’” Maher noted.
“She apologized for it, but it’s out there: Jews control the world, control the money,” he said, adding of the lawmakers: “I can see why they don’t get a hero’s welcome.”‘
Maherr quoted BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, who said, “No Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian — will 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,” Maher told the panel. “Somehow this side never gets represented in the American media. It’s very odd.”
It’s not odd at all… the media is anti-Israel and so is the left. Maher is the outlier in their inner circle. But at least he has the stones to call it the way he sees it and tell the truth on this subject.