HBO 'Real Time' host Bill Maher criticized the anti-Israel BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) and the media for ignoring the agenda that targets products manufactured in Israel. On this week's broadcast of his program, Maher called BDS a "bullshit purity test" by people who slept through history class that want to appear "woke."
Maher said Jews in Israel are "mostly white" and the Palestinians are browner so they "must be innocent and correct" in the eye of the media. The 'Real Time' panel and Maher also discuss Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) being banned and unbanned from entering Israel.
BILL MAHER, HBO: I think we all agree that Israel could have been the big one in this and let them in. Let's not argue about that if we all agree on that. Let's talk about the BDS because that's what's behind this. That's why Israel said they wouldn't let her in because she supports BDS, which stands for boycott, divest and sanction, of Israel, because of the occupation of the Palestinian territory...
It's a bullshit purity test. BDS is a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class. It'ss predicated on this notion, I think, that the Jews in Israel are mostly white, 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. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.
Let me read Omar Barghouti, is one of the co-founders of the movement. His quote: "No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out 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. Somehow this side never gets presented in the American media. I think it’s very odd.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for people to boycott Maher's show after his recent commentary on the BDS movement:
Maybe folks should boycott his show.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN