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Chappelle says ‘genocide’ striking Gaza Strip

Comedian Dave Chappelle accused Israel of committing “genocide” in the Gaza Strip during a performance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday.

Israel launched a war with Hamas more than seven months ago after the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks that destroyed Gaza city and killed more than 30,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Chappell said Gaza was experiencing a “genocide.” Associated Press (Associated Press).

He added that Americans should be more involved in curbing the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States so that Jews feel safer and do not have to rely on Israel.

He made the remarks on Thursday in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, amid growing criticism of Israel over its military operation in Gaza.

The Oct. 7 Hamas attack left 1,200 Israelis dead and Palestinian militants took about 250 hostages, about half of whom have yet to be returned.

The Associated Press noted that the war between Israel and Hamas has sparked pro-Palestinian rallies across the Middle East, but freedom of expression is tightly restricted in the UAE.

On Thursday, crowds at the Etihad Arena cheered as a woman chanted “Free Palestine,” according to the Associated Press.

The veteran comedian also drew cheers when he spoke about the 2024 US presidential election, particularly the Republican front-runner, former President Donald Trump. The crowd booed when he mentioned President Biden’s name.

Chappelle also quipped about the UAE’s extensive surveillance network and “how hard it is to be gay” in the country, where homosexuality is illegal. The Hollywood Reporter.

The UAE has criticised Israel’s handling of operations in the Gaza Strip while also striving to maintain diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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