Roseanne Barr will speak to Israeli Parliament

Roseanne Barr appears to have a new gig: foreign diplomat? Barr announced that she will travel to Israel next month to speak to the country’s parliament.

“While I intend to further my own knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history, I have important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement,” the comedian said in a statement. BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that calls for various demands from the Israeli government.

Barr has more free time on her hands since her revived sitcom Roseanne was canceled by ABC earlier this year after an incendiary tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Since then, ABC created a spin-off The Conners, which follows the rest of the family absent their outspoken matriarch.

Barr’s Twitter account frequently comments on Israeli relations and the Middle East conflict between the U.S. ally and Palestine. “We are in an age where Israeli innovation is ascendant and changing the world in areas of medicine, technology, media, and the arts,” she said. “Israel is an oasis of openness, freedom, democracy, and tolerance amidst a desert of brutality from an age gone by. I want to shout this from the heights of the Galilee to the halls of the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city—and from the cafes and art galleries of Tel-Aviv to the beaches of Eilat.”

Barr will speak at the Israeli Knesset on January 30.

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