John Oliver has managed to parlay not being very funny into a pretty successful career as a comedian. But he’s so much more than that.
He’s also seen by many people as some sort of domestic and international policy expert, thanks in no small part to his gig hosting “Last Week Tonight” on HBO.
And if you tuned into his show last night, you were treated to another one of his signature hot takes
— Abier Khatib (@abierkhatib) May 17, 2021
If John Oliver were serious about having an honest conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he wouldn’t be unleashing his full fury upon Israel for defending itself from terrorists, particularly considering how committed the Israeli military is to mitigating civilian collateral damage (something Hamas is not even remotely concerned about).
Moronic argument. One side fires thousands of rockets indiscriminately at Israel. The other targets specific military installation.
One side actively tries to sacrifice their own children as "martyrs." The other does everything to protect its own children.
— ☣️🔋TSLAQAnonEnrichCom🔋☣️ (@varbmos) May 17, 2021
And to protect Palestinian children. But blind anti-Zionism and antisemitism don’t allow for that discussion.
Seems like it should be obvious that criticizing Israeli policies is not criticizing Judaism, and this makes a point about proportional suffering that seems almost impossible to argue. https://t.co/WMJZXfVyLB
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 17, 2021
It’s actually quite easy to argue if you’re not an intellectually dishonest bonehead like Trevor Noah. (What is it about “Daily Show” personalities hating Israel and Jews?)
Terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah regularly invoke antisemitic blood libels to justify their murderous campaigns against Israelis. So in that sense, it’s not criticizing Judaism; it’s open hostility to Judaism.
And it’s getting pretty popular.
He nailed it again!
— Ted (@TedduPon) May 17, 2021
I was waiting for this, Thank God John Oliver stayed honest, even with Palestinian issue.
— 🇵🇸Ali Syed™✌️🇵🇸 (@noahsyedh) May 17, 2021
"A true friend tells a friend when they're committing a war crime" (killing dozens of children) https://t.co/tKSdtCU5s9
— Cheri DiNovo (@CheriDiNovo) May 17, 2021
Always, @iamjohnoliver speaks truth and aims perfect pitches. Israel is that kind of friend that acts like an asshole and pretends to be doing good, but it’s your friend, so you better choose between good and right or play dumb and support #IsraelWarCrimes Insane #FreePalestine https://t.co/VcPhj8xES0
— WaDaFonk!⚖️ VotoMasivoMorena (@betovaldevilla) May 17, 2021
Yes 👍 you could be right. More people see #TerroristIsrael for what it is a nasty racist endeavour.
— Marshman 🇵🇸 🇮🇷🇸🇾🇱🇧🏔 شاون (@exmoordog) May 17, 2021
I've never seen such mainstream pushback against Israeli atrocities like I have in the past few weeks. Makes me hopeful that the genocide of Palestine will not be completed.
— Gripping Fash With Force (@pebblepossum) May 17, 2021
— Average Joe 🌹✊🏽🔥🎗 (@jo_avg) May 17, 2021
This is well said, needs saying and repeating. It’s complex, up to a point, BUT, the root cause of the violence is Israel’s illegal occupation, and genocidal settler colonialism and siege on Gaza and the occupied territories. #IsraeliTerrorism #FreePalaestine https://t.co/mg8WOPDwEb
— Owen Dempsey (@OPDempsey) May 17, 2021
Israel is a terrorist state
— AHMED JAHIR SST (@jahirsst) May 17, 2021