John Oliver slams Israel for Gaza violence

By Samantha David May 19, 2021
John Oliver slams Israel for Gaza violence

During an episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver lashed out at Israel and explained to his audience about how there is major power imbalance between Palestine and Israel and he also stated that one side has suffered over ten times the casualties.

The British comedian said, “One side has suffered over ten times the casualties, something which speaks to both the severe power imbalance at play here and how that often gets obscured by how we choose to talk about it.”

The 44-year-old talked about Israeli Defense Forces who have been making memes of their attacks in Gaza. He said, “You should probably never meme a war crime.”

The Emmy winner added, “This isn’t tit for tat. There is a massive imbalance when it comes to the two sides’ weaponry and capabilities. While most of the rockets aimed toward Israeli citizens this week were intercepted, Israel’s air strikes were not.”

He further added, “They hit their targets, including a house in a refugee camp, a building housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, and a 13-story office and apartment building.”

Oliver said, “And while Israel insisted that there were military targets in that building and they destroyed it as humanely as possible, even warning people to evacuate it beforehand, destroying a civilian residence sure seems like a war crime, regardless of whether you send a courtesy heads-up text.”

Oliver also spoke about US supporting Israel, he said, “Life in Gaza is hard even when they’re not being bombed, and the U.S. government has implicitly co-signed on the brutally hard line Israel’s been taking.”