Rivers compared the Gaza conflict to Hiroshima and said Hamas had been elected by 'stupid people who don't even own a pencil'
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'You're dead, you deserve to be dead - you started it': Joan Rivers in astonishing attack on 'stupid' Palestinians
- Joan Rivers filmed ranting about the Gaza conflict outside airport
- She said she did not feel bad because the Palestinians 'started it'
- The 81-year-old said the civilian victims 'deserve to be dead'
- She said 'at least the ones killed were the ones with very low IQs'
- Later released a statement saying she stood by what she had said
Joan Rivers has said she has no sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza, declaring they ‘deserve to be dead’.
The 81-year-old comedian launched a furious rant outside a Los Angeles airport, saying that the Palestinians who do not leave their homes are ‘idiots’ and that ‘at least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs’.
Rivers, the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants, later released a statement where she claimed her words were taken out of context, but that she stood behind what she had said.
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Attack: The 81-year-old began to rant about the Gaza conflict outside LAX airport in LA on Wednesday
Rant: Joan Rivers said she does not feel bad for the civilian victims in Gaza, that they 'deserve to be dead' and that 'at least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs'
Rivers’ rant came when a photographer asked for her opinion on the conflict on the Gaza strip as she was leaving LAX airport on Wednesday.
The TV presenter first compared Gaza's rocket attacks to going to Madonna's house to 'throw paint bottles’ and the civilian casualties to the victims of Hiroshima.
She then said the thought the nearly 2,000 Palestinian who have died on the Gaza strip since Israel launched military operations in the area a month ago 'deserved it'.
'When you declare war, you declare war,' Rivers said.
‘They started it. We now don't count who's dead. You're dead. You deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don't you dare make me feel sad about that.’
Blaming Gaza: Rivers underlined her lack of sympathy for the dead in Gaza by adding that 'they started it'
She then further attacked the Palestinian people for voting for Hamas in democratic elections.
'You can't get rid of Hamas, You have to say you do not recognise them, they are terrorists.
'They were re-elected by a lot of stupid people who don’t even own a pencil.’
When questioned further about the civilian victims, she added: 'You were told to get out, you don't get out, then you know you're an idiot, and at least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs.’
After the video began circulating online, Rivers released a statement on her Facebook page, in which she made it clear she stood behind her words, but that they had been taken out of context.
'I am both saddened and disappointed that my statement about the tragedy of civilian casualties was totally taken out of context,' she said.
'Their fault': Hanan Abu Leil, a six-year-old Palestinian girl injured during an Israeli military strike on the Gaza strip, lies in a bed after being evacuated to a hospital in East Jerusalem
Victim: Mohammed Ali Wahdan, a two-year-old Palestinian boy, receives treatment for burns and injuries he sustained in an Israeli attack at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City
Destruction: Residents walk through the rubble of his destroyed home in the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City, shortly before the end of the ceasefire
‘What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts.
JOAN RIVERS' STATEMENT IN FULL
I am both saddened and disappointed that my statement about the tragedy of civilian casualties was totally taken out of context.
What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts.
We, The United States, certainly know this as 69 years later we still feel the guilt of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The media, as usual, has decided to only quote the most out of context and inflammatory non sequitur rather than giving an accurate account of what my intentions were behind the statement.
Along with every other sane person in this world, I am praying for peace.
It is stupid and wrong and I am tired of bearing the brunt of attacks by people who want to sell newspapers or gain ratings by creating a scandal about me that is non-existent.
‘Along with every other sane person in this world, I am praying for peace. ‘
As of Thursday, 1,888 people, including 446 children, have died and 9,804 injured in Gaza in the past month, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The United Nations has estimated that at least 70 per cent of the dead were civilians.
Israel has reported 64 military casualties, and three civilian.
This morning, Israeli military resumed strikes on targets 'across Gaza' in response to rocket fire from the territory that was aimed at Israel.
The new round of fighting came after a three-day truce expired on Friday morning and Israel-Hamas talks that have been underway in Cairo on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.
After the end of the temporary, 72-hour cease-fire, Gaza militants fired at least 17 rockets at Israel.
Gaza's police say that Israel then resumed tank fire on northern Gaza and launched an airstrike that hit a farm south of Gaza City.
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