Roseanne Barr: Listen Israelis on BDS

Jewish-American actress says people should listen to Israeli Jews on BDS, and others “should keep their mouths shut”.

Ben Ariel ,

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr

Jewish-American actress and comedian Roseanne Barr says people should listen to what Israeli Jews have to say about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and that others “should keep their mouths shut”.

Barr made the comments to as she visited Israel to speak at the “Stop the Boycott” conference organized by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

“People should listen to what Jewish people say that live here, in Israel, rather than those people that live in Chicago and especially those that aren’t even Jewish,” she said.

“Jewish people need to be the ones to talk about [BDS]—not [Pink Floyd’s] Roger Waters or the pope. It’s a Jewish subject,” added Barr.

“The rest of the people should keep their mouths shut and listen for a change,” she stated.

Roger Waters, of course, notorious for his anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rants. In December 2013, he mendaciously compared Israel to Nazi Germany, saying in an interview, “The situation in Israel/Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime is unacceptable.”

In addition, Waters has frequently blasted other musicians for choosing to perform in Israel – including Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Parsonsthe Rolling Stones, Neil Young and actress Scarlett Johansson.

In her talk at the anti-BDS conference, noted, Barr said she sees pandemic anti-Semitism on Twitter. Since many social media users at first didn’t realize her Jewish roots—“perhaps because no one thought I was Jewish being from Utah”—she was privy to witnessing uncensored things non-Jews say about Jews, things they might not have said if they knew they were speaking to a Jew.

“It was shocking when I realized that what I considered criticism of Israel became garden variety anti-Semitism,” Barr added. “BDS is right-wing and fascist….BDS [members] do not want peace, nor do they want peace negotiations.”

Barr last month spoke at a synagogue in California and said she would consider moving to the Jewish state.

"I'm going there (to Israel) for Purim, and I might be moving there, too," she said, adding, "We might all be moving there.”

The comedian in the past described IDF soldiers as "Nazis," but in recent years she has become just as fierce a supporter as she once was a critic.

Asked about her change in stance at last month’s appearance, Barr said, "once I started reading, and once I started exposing myself to a wider variety of news sources than Haaretz and the Guardian and s**t rags like that, and I started to expand my point of view, which I should have all along – I don’t blame anyone but myself – I just became so dogmatic."