Tlaib calls to boycott Bill Maher after he calls BDS a ‘bulls**t purity test’
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Tlaib calls to boycott Bill Maher after he calls BDS a ‘bulls**t purity test’

Congresswoman says Israel boycott movement is ‘centered on equality and freedom,’ after ‘Real Time’ host says supporters forget about intifadas, suicide bombings, rockets and wars

Bill Maher arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (AFP/Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/File)
Bill Maher arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (AFP/Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/File)

JTA — Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a boycott of comedian Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time” after he called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel a “bulls**t purity test.”

Tlaib said in a tweet on Saturday that she is “tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom.”

Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, were barred from entering Israel due to their support for boycotts against the country.

“BDS is a bulls**t purity test by people who want to appear ‘woke’ but actually slept through history class,” Maher said on Friday night’s show.

“I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong,” he added. “As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

Maher quoted BDS founder Marwan Barghouti as saying “no Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine” and wondered out loud why this does not get presented in the American media.

He added: “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.’ She apologized for it, but it’s out there: Jews control the world, control the money. I can see why they don’t get a hero’s welcome” in Israel, he concluded.

Maher’s mother is Jewish and he identifies publicly as half Jewish.

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