American actress and comedian Joan Rivers set off on a lengthy pro-Israel rant on Friday after being asked by TMZ for her opinion on the current Gaza conflict, saying Hamas was to blame for the flare-up with Israel as “you cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves.”
She also said international press should be “ashamed” of their coverage of the conflict, which tends to favor the Palestinian narrative.
Using a rather colorful example to bring her point home, Rivers shot out to tabloid reporters: “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe ‘em out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey!”
Asked about the large number of civilian casualties in Gaza, Rivers retorted “Don’t put your goddamn things in private homes. I’m sorry, don’t you dare put weapons stashes in private homes.”
Rivers went on to say that the Palestinians had “started it.”
“For months this has been going on,” she said, in an apparent reference to ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli towns which had been met with relative restraint by Israel until this past month.
“I have been over there. That’s how I know, and I wish the world would know,” she said. “And the BBC should be ashamed of themselves, and CNN should be ashamed of themselves.”