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Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO]

Stewart has been in political hot water since last week's show where he called out Israel for how its handling the crisis in Gaza

By: Peter Herriman

Published: July 23rd, 2014 in News » Israel

Jon Stewart is well known for his political satire, and on Monday night’s The Daily Show his opinions on the ongoing crisis between Israel and Gaza stirred up the show in its opening segment.

Before he could mention the word “Israel” his entire team of fake journalists/commentators comically popped up behind him and yelled at him for his views. The sketch was, obviously, a parody of recent criticism of the talk show host for condemning how Israel has handled its war against Gaza in a segment last week, which landed him in a lot of political hot water with pro-Israel viewers.

In last week’s sketch, Stewart’s satirical views on the Gaza situation found him pointing out the disproportionate amount of strength on Israel’s side against Gaza in the recent attacks, which has now claimed over 600 lives. “Both sides are engaging in aerial bombardment, but one side appears to be bomb-better at it,” said Stewart during the sketch.

He then went on to point out how Israeli technology has given them a strong upper hand in the situation, such as the Iron Dome, the infamous anti-missile defence system, and an app that warns users of incoming missiles were the key points among his sketch.

However, Stewart then asked the inevitable: how are the residents of Gaza warned for an Israeli attack? “So the Israeli military warns Gaza residents of imminent bombing...with a smaller warning bombing! An amuse-boom, if you will.” He failed to mention the leaflets, text messages, and other forms of communication the IDF disperse before such bombs.

Indeed, Stewart is doing TV satire on current events and is ultimately a comedian above anything else, but for many young Americans, The Daily Show is the primary news source for international and domestic political current events.

Since the segment, Stewart has been called out by several publications, and even called a "self-hating Jew."

Time of Israel's own David Horovitz had penned an editorial last week that said he was “deliberately skewing the point to get those laughs.”

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