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June 13, 2012 9:51 am

Law and Order Star Gives Nazi Salute: It’s Okay, I’m Jewish

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Actor Richard Belzer. Photo: wiki commons.

Richard Belzer, who has been a part of NBC’s Law and Order program for 19 years now, flashed a Nazi salute during a photo shoot to promote the television show recently.  However, Belzer says there’s nothing wrong with his gesture, which was an ode to Charlie Chaplin’s portrayal of Adolph Hitler in the “The Great Dictator”, because he himself is Jewish.

“I’m a Jewish comedian, and there’s this new thing out, it’s called satire, irony and historical reference,” he said.  “To say that a Jew can’t do that gesture as homage to Chaplin’s masterpiece The Great Dictator is like Muslim extremists killing a cartoonist for disparaging Mohammed in his art.”

Belzer, who jokingly pulled a similar stunt on Sean Hannity’s FOX News program in 2009, used his family’s bloodline as defense for his actions.

“My grandfather represented Israel in the UN before it was made a nation,” he said.

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  • kevobx

    How come no man ever mentions Esau, Israel’s twin brother, the first born elder? Esau family tree is ruling the world, remember his birthright, was sold to Israel. (Genesis 33:15) The state of Israel never had a home till 1948, now they want Jerusalem, claiming themselves to be Jews? *Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

  • Chaya

    The gesture is one which means obedience. It is not only a ‘Nazi’ salute – but they’re the ones who made it ‘famous.’ I see nothing wrong with him using it (though I squirm just a wee bit inside).