Jackie Mason Goes Off on Anti-Israel Celebrities

Jackie Mason - P 2014
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Jackie Mason - P 2014

"They come from these kinds of anti-Semitic backgrounds where a Jew is the most disgusting thing in the world to them," the comedian says when asked about recent comments made by Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.

Jackie Mason, who spent three years as an ordained rabbi before launching his six-decade career as a comedian, will claim during a radio show to air Sunday that Hollywood is run by Jews but is nevertheless "anti-Semitic," "ignorant" and "stupid" when it comes to issues involving Israel.

Mason is a regular guest on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio on Salem Radio's AM 970 The Answer in New York. Host Aaron Klein describes himself politically as an "independent" while Mason has been an outspoken conservative of late. Klein is an American operating from Tel Aviv and his is often considered the only major U.S. radio talk show broadcast from the Middle East. Both he and Mason are staunch supporters of Israel.

In a pre-recorded segment, Klein in Israel asks the 83-year-old entertainer from his home in New York to comment on "Hollywood geniuses" like Selena Gomez, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna, who have criticized Israel for its response to Hamas in an ongoing conflict in Gaza.

"They come from these kinds of anti-Semitic, low-class backgrounds where a Jew is the most disgusting thing in the world to them," Mason answers, according to audio obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The ironic thing is that it's Jewish people who own these Hollywood studios … And they all hire these people and they depend on them for a living. Every penny they made is made from Jews and they hate every Jew just by nature."

Though Mason seems to go off on celebrities and Hollywood in general, Klein's question was specifically based on comments recently made by Rihanna, Gomez and especially Cruz, who signed with other Spanish film stars an open letter denouncing Israel for engaging in "genocide."



Gomez, on the other hand, merely tweeted and posted on her Instagram the sentiment, "It's about humanity. Pray for Gaza," then followed up by clarifying that she wasn't taking sides. Rihanna tweeted #FreePalestine, then deleted it eight minutes later after it had been re-tweeted about 7,000 times.

"Talk to an actor about anything that happened 10 minutes ago, they never heard about it. They don't watch television unless it's about themselves," Mason says during the radio show, which will air in New York on Sunday at 7 p.m. on AM 970 The Answer.

"They don't have a conversation unless it's about their next picture," Mason says. "If you say to them, 'There is a war going on,' they probably never heard about it … They don't even know missiles have been raining on Israel every day for no reason anyone can think of … what's happening to Jews, they deserve it. That's all they know."

Klein's show often focuses on Muslim extremism, and he has even interviewed some known terrorists. He's a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies and is a New York Times best-selling author and writes for World Net Daily. His books include, Schmoozing With Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal Their Global Plans — to a Jew!

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com