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Great column. Thank you for posting the entire quote. The other writers you published did not seem to notice the that the prayer is also for the Israeli hostages and families who lost loved ones in the terrorist raid that started this one sided "war". What.is happening in Gaza is horrible as Netanyahu uses a terrible situation to tighten his control on Israel. I keep hoping President Biden will cut off all military aid to Israel until it agrees to a truce. But equally we cannot forget the hostages or see Hamas as anything but a terrorist organization that needs to be destroyed. Picking sides is not helpful.

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Damn right things have shifted on Israel/Palestine, and the only person who doesn't seem to recognize it is Joe Biden. Recently he said "Israel is in a position where its very existence as at stake." What kind of 1967-era nonsense is that? Plucky little Israel, surrounded by enemies who want to push it into the sea, I was raised on rhetoric like this, and it's only about 50 years out of date. What happens if we have ceasefire? Do the Palestinians march on Tel Aviv and depose the government and hang Netanyahu from a lamppost? Israel is a military behemoth with NUCLEAR WEAPONS, it would continue to exist even under the most generous peace-settlement terms you can imagine. What will it take to get Biden to wake up to the reality of 2024?

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Why do you frame it as this guy "put his career on the line" for saying something like this, Parker? That plays into the "Jews control the media" nonsense, which is not like you and which I am sure you didn't intend.

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It's nothing to do with the whole 'Jews control the media' thing and much more about the fact that in a lot of circles, any defense of Palestinians in Gaza (or criticism of Israel) is very unpopular, and has caused people to lose their jobs. Heck, this was the latest item in my Bluesky feed as I type this: https://bsky.app/profile/radleybalko.bsky.social/post/3kp3fxckl5x2e

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Old enough to remember The Chicks (formerly known as The Dixie Chicks) criticism of Bush and when one Shuhada' Sadaqat (at the time known as Sinéad O'Connor) had words about the Pope and Roman Catholics in-general. Pretty sure no Jewish people were instrumental in their shunning either.

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That's an odd reading, it's a risky move for any comedian or performer to bring Israel/Palestine into their act. Because it's a controversial issue, and you're gonna make some people mad no matter what you say. The safe move is to avoid it entirely, he deserves credit for not taking the safe move.

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Exactly. I'm sure Ramy Youssef was not unaware of the reaction to Jonathan Glazer's Oscars speech.

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Public perception of the situation in Gaza really seems to be shifting in favor of Palestine. And yet, America just keep sending Israel those F-35s...

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Just one guy gets to make that decision, and he doesn't seem to be interested in rethinking this, no matter how many innocent people are murdered, no matter how many votes it may lose him. no matter that his stubbornness on this is significantly increasing the risk that we elect a fascist in November.

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This really belies the idea that a comic has to choose between being funny or empathetic/aware of injustice/"woke". These guys just don't have the juice.

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