Monday, December 11th | 23 Kislev 5778


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

March 29, 2016 7:46 am

Roseanne Barr: Listen to What Jews Living in Israel Have to Say About BDS

avatar by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman /

Email a copy of "Roseanne Barr: Listen to What Jews Living in Israel Have to Say About BDS" to a friend
Roseanne Barr. Photo: Infosphere.

Roseanne Barr. Photo: Infosphere. – American actress and comedian Roseanne Barr, who gave remarks at the March 28 “Stop the Boycott” conference in Jerusalem, told regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that “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.”

“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. The rest of the people should keep their mouths shut and listen for a change,” Barr said in a phone interview after the conference, which was organized by Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet.

In her talk at the conference, Barr said she sees pandemic antisemitism 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 said. “BDS is right-wing and fascist….BDS [members] do not want peace, nor do they want peace negotiations.”

Related coverage

December 10, 2017 1:11 pm

Israel Destroys ‘Significant’ Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From Gaza Strip

Israeli forces on Sunday destroyed a "significant" cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which the military said was being...

Barr, whose Israel trip was hosted by the pro-Israel education organization StandWithUs, said she thinks many celebrities are afraid to speak up for Israel because they’re afraid of being maligned in the media, at conferences, on campuses, or even in synagogue.

“I think people are afraid. Have you ever been shouted down by these BDS people?” she said. “People are afraid of being targeted….[They are] protecting their lives and their families.”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Theodore Crawford

    “The rest of the people should keep their mouths shut and listen for a change”. I can so very distinctly hear that ‘voice’ of hers saying that inside my head! Too right, gal! I wonder if she’s trying to insult the BDS lefties by calling them “right-wing”.

  • A Sanders

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

  • Yacov

    She said good.