• Joan Rivers backtracks after saying ‘idiot’ Palestinian civilians ‘deserved to die’

    After emphatically stating that nearly 2,000 Palestinian civilians “deserved to die” during Israeli-led attacks in the Gaza Strip, Joan Rivers is backtracking and blaming the media for taking her words out of context. Rivers’ rant began when a TMZ reporter asked her opinion on the unprecedented amount of non-military citizens killed during the current Gaza conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas. Rivers is seen on video, shouting, “You’re

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    Sarah Silverman applauds sister’s arrest for religious protest in Israel

    Sarah Silverman isn’t the only rule-breaking badass in her family. It turns out her older sister Susan, a rabbi in Jerusalem, loves to stir the pot as well— if only for a good cause. Silverman’s sister – as well as Susan’s teenage daughter — was arrested today in Jerusalem at the Western Wall as she joined a prayerful protest against conservative Jewish law that demands women not wear the same

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    No joke: Jason Alexander summoned to Jerusalem for peace advice

    When an international conflict – like, say, the Israel-Palestinian conflict – is extremely politically and religiously charged, what’s a leader to do? How does a leader even begin going about trying to solve a conflict like that? Here’s the answer. Two words: George Costanza. Seriously. According to the Associated Press, Jason Alexander, famous for portraying the rotund neurotic on NBC’s super-hit Seinfeld back in the glory days of the 1990s,

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    Sarah Silverman live in Tel Aviv, Israel (Review)

    TEL AVIV — Last week Sarah Silverman was invited to participate in Israel’s third annual Presidential Conference, after which she performed two shows in Tel Aviv. The first of her two shows took place on Saturday night at Yarkon Park’s Wohl Amphitheatre, where the crowd was buzzing with excitement in several different languages, and sweating from the Israeli summer’s potent mix of heat and humidity. Todd Glass opened the show

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    Comedy Central hits Israel in 2011

    At the start of next year, Comedy Central will debut its network in Israel, making it available to more than 1.3 million households. According to the Hollywood Reporter: “The channel will broadcast a mix of international and local comedy programming; from timeless classics to the newest hit series, from sitcoms to stand up, from animation to sketch shows.” Comedy Central is currently seen in nine other countries and commonwealths besides

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    Jim Gaffigan plays Israel; we analyze the hell out of it

    It’s common wisdom that some of the best comedians are outsiders, standing at the fringe of society lobbing critiques inward. But it’s also common wisdom that white, tall, blond, Catholics are not outsiders, at least not in America, at least for another year or two. In fact they’re pretty much the norm. But Jim Gaffigan, the platonic ideal of whiteness itself, has made a career out of proving just how

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