British TV star receives death threats after calling for Israeli boycott

Russell Brand was forced to speak out against anti-Semitism after receiving death threats and accused to being an anti-Semite for calling for boycotts.

British TV star receives death threats after calling for Israeli boycott

World Bulletin / News Desk

British television star Russell Brand has received death threats after being called an Anti-Semite for calling on his fans to sign an online petition calling for the boycott of pro-Israeli companies, prompting him to clear his name.

“My support of the petition has been attacked as anti-Semitic. I understand anti-Semitism to be a hatred of Jews, the denial of the right for Jews to have a homeland, the denial of the horrors of the last century and the plight of the Jewish people throughout history,” he wrote in Huffington Post.

Comparing anti-Semitism to Islamaphobia and homophobia, he said these “are all prejudices that I resolutely reject, like any right-minded person. In the context of the accusation that I face, anti-Semitism must be taken to mean opposing big businesses making profit from violence against Palestinian people.”

Earlier this month, Brand accused Israel of facilitating the oppression of people in Gaza and pointed out that Barclays bank manages “the portfolios of an Israeli defence company called Elbit, which makes the drones that bomb Gaza.”

He then called on his viewers to sign the Avaaz campaign website petition, which has so far been signed by 1.7 million people, to push on firms like Barclays, computer company HP, security giants G4S, pension fund ABP and heavy machinery Caterpillar to cut their ties with Israel.

Since July 7, over 2,000 Palestinians – mostly civilians – have been killed and more than 10,000 injured in devastating Israeli attacks on the embattled coastal enclave.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2014, 16:23