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Jul 27 2014

Watch Joan Rivers Slam Media Coverage of Israel

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Israel is in a tough spot right now. With the death toll from Operation Protective Edge rising, international opinion of the Jewish state is at an all-time low and lots of celebrities–from Rihanna to Selena–have taken to social media to voice support for the Palestinian people. Well, as it turns out, Israel supporters also have a few loud-mouthed Jewish celebs in their corner.

Enter Joan Rivers. She’d been waiting her entire life for TMZ to ask her to weigh in on the conflict. What started with a colorful analogy between Hamas and New Jersey somehow spiraled into a Selena diss (“Let’s see if she can spell Palestinian!”).

Video courtesy of TMZ:

Also to be filed under “EPIC [JEWISH CELEB] ISRAEL PALESTINE RANT,” is this clip of Howard Stern losing his mind when a caller dares to bring up the Israel-Gaza conflict. Stern (who, to his credit, did a rather brilliant interview with Mayim Bialik earlier this year) launched into a tirade about anti-Semitism and called Rihanna something not very polite.

Then, of course, there was Bill Maher’s rather awful tweet comparing Hamas and a crazy lady who wants to kill you–which somehow only succeeded in condoning violence towards women.

Maher’s two cents:

Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to kill u – u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her

— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 18, 2014

The questions remains whether these unhinged celebrity endorsements are in fact an asset or a liability for Israel’s public image. What do you think?

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