Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Palestinian so-called refugee camps.
I asked London-based Jewish American comedian Lewis Schaffer if he had any opinion on it.
I do not know why I foolishly asked if he has an opinion.
Of course he does.
He has an opinion on everything.
You might spot a of self-marketing in it.
This is his response…
You are not going to pull me into an argument.
I grew up supporting and loving Israel but I also see the devastation the creation of the State of Israel has caused on the Palestinians.
Keeping in mind that more Muslims come to my show than Jews (Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous at the Source Below – 8.00pm Tuesdays and Wednesday; reserve at www.sourcebelow.com), I lean to siding with Palestinians, solely for business purposes.
The great American humorist Will Rogers (and all Americans are great, but this dude was GREAT even by American standards), once said: ”You’re dead as a comic if you take yourself seriously or if the audience takes you seriously”.
I am lucky because I barely have an audience to alienate and the more I take myself seriously the more people think I am just kidding.
An analogy of the situation in Israel/Palestine is a sad vignette presented on BBC’s Frozen Planet with David Attenborough this week. They showed a fight to the death between a wolf and buffalo in the cold snowy north of Canada – actually Canada is all cold snowy north.
David Attenborough expressed the modern view that humans shouldn’t take a side in this natural fight between two species. He felt both the wolf and the buffalo had a right to live. A few years ago we might have sided with the gentle grazer bison and not the hunting wolf but now we see the wolf’s side, too.
And rightly so.
I have Wolfs in my family on my father’s side. They moved out to Phoenix after the War and did quite well in the furniture business. On the other hand, my mother’s maiden name was Buffalofsky.
Well, that’s the Palestinian problem sorted then.
Tomorrow, back to the blog…