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Watch Joan Rivers’s Rant in Defense of Israel

Rips into Hamas, Selena Gomez

Liel Leibovitz
July 25, 2014

Joan Rivers, I love you.

A TMZ camerman flagged down the comedian at LAX yesterday, asking her about the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Rivers exploded, delivering a short but inspired defense of the Jewish state and ranting about the American media’s skewed coverage of the conflict. As she was turning to leave, the cameraman asked her to comment on the spate of celebrities—actress, singer, and Justin Bieber paramour Selena Gomez among them—who have expressed their support for the Palestinians on social media.

“Selena Gomez,” Joan Rivers snarled. “That college grad. Let’s see if she can spell ‘Palestinian.’” Which, ladies and gentlemen, is why she’s Joan Rivers.

Watch her rant below:

Liel Leibovitz is editor-at-large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One. He is the editor of Zionism: The Tablet Guide.