Australian Reality TV Show Celebrity Contestants Spar Over Israel After Former Vogue Cover Girl Denies Existence of ‘Palestine’
Three participants in an Australian reality show got into an argument this week over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while resting after a day of challenges involving the “eating or wearing” of nausea-inducing substances, such as fly-infested fish eyes, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.
Former Vogue magazine cover girl Kate Fischer — whose 1998 breakup from Australian businessman James Packer after a five-year relationship was the fodder of gossip columns the world over — ended up in tears as a result of the exchange, which she initiated by attacking the Green Party for being anti-Israel.
Fischer, who became an Orthodox Jew several years ago and now calls herself Tziporah Malkah bat Israel, was then confronted by Australian comedian of Sri Lankan descent Nazeem Hussain, as the contestants in Network Ten’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” lay around the camp grounds that serve as living quarters for the duration of the show, now in its third season.
“So, do you think Israel is occupying Palestine?” he asked.
“No,” Tziporah replied.
“What — So you think Palestine does not exist?” he pressed.
Again, she answered in the negative.
“Well, then, we can’t have a conversation, because…what we take as fact is completely different.”
At this point, American actor Tom Arnold — former husband and co-star of Roseanne Barr (who has become a fierce advocate for Israel in recent years) — chimed in.
“Ok, ok, let me just say this,” he interjected. “They [the Israelis] don’t need to keep building settlements.”
Tziporah left the area in tears, later saying that she didn’t “like being shouted down by two men.”
Looking into the camera, Arnold explained: “I felt that I had to jump in as a Jew, because [Tziporah] was very, very, very hard line.”
“I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” is an Australian series based on the British show of the same name, in which famous figures compete for $100,000, to be donated to the charity of their choice, by living for three weeks in South Africa’s Kruger National Park with few creature comforts.