Bill Maher says Harvard students hailing Hamas are as bad as Trump saying there were


Bill Maher said Harvard students who’ve played down Hamas‘ massacre in Israel are as bad as Donald Trump saying there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ of a white supremacist riot.  

The late night comedian called it ‘a difficult week, a very depressing week’ after last Saturday’s bloodbath in Israel, with more than 1,300 killed there and another 1,900 dying in subsequent strikes on Gaza. 

He continued: ‘The college kids in America went full Trump, and said there’s very fine people on both sides.’

Trump in 2017, asked about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counter protestor, Heather Heyer, declared that there were good people among both groups. The remarks remain among the most infamous of his presidency. 

Maher pointed out that there was now a campaign, led by billionaire investor Bill Ackman, to ‘blacklist’ Harvard students from future employment as a result of their signing a pro-Palestine letter.

The letter stated: ‘We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.’

Bill Maher on Friday spoke about 'a very depressing week', and ridiculed Harvard students for declaring they 'hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence'

Bill Maher on Friday spoke about ‘a very depressing week’, and ridiculed Harvard students for declaring they ‘hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence’

Harvard students are seen attending a pro-Palestine rally after the Hamas attacks

Harvard students are seen attending a pro-Palestine rally after the Hamas attacks

Maher said that Harvard students condoning Hamas were like Donald Trump defending white supremacists in Charlottesville in August 2017

Maher said that Harvard students condoning Hamas were like Donald Trump defending white supremacists in Charlottesville in August 2017

Among those coordinating the letter was the son of British perfume creator Jo Malone, Josh Willcox.

Wilcox is one of three leaders of the Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee.

Maher also listed the freedoms that Americans enjoy, but which are restricted in Gaza – among them freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to choose your own political leaders.

He mocked the group ‘Queers for Palestine’, and his guest, journalist James Kirchick, joked: ‘Did you hear their sister organization, blacks for the KKK?’

Hamas are notoriously homophobic, with LGBT people in Palestine running the risk of violence and persecution. 

Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard, said on Wednesday that the letter does not speak for the educational institution as a whole or its leadership.

On Friday, she issued another apology.

Gay said the university rejects terrorism, hate and harassment based on people’s beliefs while embracing free expression, even ‘views that many of us find objectionable, even outrageous.’

She wrote: ‘We do not punish or sanction people for expressing’ objectionable or outrageous views.

‘But that is a far cry from endorsing them. It’s in the exercise of our freedom to speak that we reveal our characters and we reveal the character of our institution.’

Josh Willcox (left)  son of perfume mogul Jo Malone (center) is listed as one of three Harvard students who run the Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee. He is also pictured with his father Gary Willcox at a ritzy London party in 2017

Josh Willcox (left)  son of perfume mogul Jo Malone (center) is listed as one of three Harvard students who run the Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee. He is also pictured with his father Gary Willcox at a ritzy London party in 2017 

The letter caused a massive backlash after 34 student societies backed the statement written by the PSC 'holding the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence'

The letter caused a massive backlash after 34 student societies backed the statement written by the PSC ‘holding the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence’

Harvard President Claudine Gay (pictured) has finally condemned the 'terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel' - at odds with 34 student groups at the Ivy League institution who have pledged support to the militants

Harvard President Claudine Gay (pictured) has finally condemned the ‘terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel’ – at odds with 34 student groups at the Ivy League institution who have pledged support to the militants

The death toll has topped 1,300 in Israel as the country plots a bloody revenge

The death toll has topped 1,300 in Israel as the country plots a bloody revenge

An aerial view shows the bodies of victims of the Hamas attack on the Kfar Aza Kibbutz on Tuesday

An aerial view shows the bodies of victims of the Hamas attack on the Kfar Aza Kibbutz on Tuesday

Troops remove the bodies of victims, killed during an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, on Tuesday

Troops remove the bodies of victims, killed during an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, on Tuesday

Maher joked: ‘A lot of the students are still standing by their position to support the war criminals – but they strenuously object to the word ‘blacklist’.’

He added, to laughter, that the students blaming of the Hamas attack on Israel was absurd and offensive.

‘Even Kanye said that is some anti-semitic bulls*** right there.’

Maher then turned to the Democratic Socialists of America, who held a pro-Palestine rally in New York City the day after the terror attack and also said the murder and kidnapping was a result of the ‘oppression’ and ‘apartheid’ inflicted by Israel the region.

‘The Connecticut chapter put out a statement.

‘They said no peace on stolen land.

‘This is from Connecticut – an Indian word that means ‘that land you stole’, so you know – and, by the way, it’s not stolen land, okay.’

Hamas left a trail of devastation at a series of kibbutzes near the border with Gaza, including children's beds soaked in blood

Hamas left a trail of devastation at a series of kibbutzes near the border with Gaza, including children’s beds soaked in blood

Khalifa sparked massive backlash online after she loudly supported the terror attack by Hamas that left hundreds of Israelis dead over the weekend

Khalifa sparked massive backlash online after she loudly supported the terror attack by Hamas that left hundreds of Israelis dead over the weekend

She revealed death threats from Islamic State in 2017 after filming porn scenes while dressed in a hijab

She revealed death threats from Islamic State in 2017 after filming porn scenes while dressed in a hijab

Maher also addressed the outrage sparked by former porn star Mia Khalifa, who on Saturday tweeted: ‘Can someone please tell the freedom fighters in Palestine to flip their phones and film horizontal.’

The Lebanese-born celebrity’s tweet was met with outrage: on Monday, she added: ‘I just want to make it clear that this statement in no way shape or form is [inciting] spread of violence.

‘I specifically said freedom fighters because that’s what the Palestinian citizens are… fighting for freedom every day.’

Khalifa has had her contract with Playboy cancelled as a result, and been fired by a magic mushroom company which sponsored her.

Maher noted that Khalifa found fame performing sex acts while wearing a hijab, noting that that behavior would not be popular on the streets of Gaza.

‘Where is Donald Trump when you need someone to pay a porn star to shut the f*** up?’ he asked.



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