In an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, actor and comedian Adam Sandler described himself as a firm supporter of Israel and condemned celebrities who boycott the Jewish state.
The two stars, who began their talk earlier this week by reconciling over Stern’s past criticisms of Sandler, found common ground in discussions of politics and Israel. Sandler said he was “disgusted” by performers who single out the state for boycotts and praised Stern for standing up to Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd front-man who criticized Bon Jovi for playing a show in Tel Aviv.
Over the course of the interview, Sandler called himself a “proud Jew” who is “very pro-Israel.”
Sandler is the latest celebrity to denounce boycotts that target the Jewish state. In October, Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Aaron Sorkin both shared their admiration for Israel while attending the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles. Mirren specifically expressed agreement with a letter signed by over 150 prominent British artists, including J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, and Simon Schama, which declared that “Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace.”
Many anti-Israel activists who promote a boycott of the state, including those affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, have previously affirmed that they seek its destruction. Co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti, who is a staunch opponent of the two-state solution, said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance,” while BDS activist As’ad Abu Khalil wrote two years prior that “Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.”
Sandler and Stern’s exchange on Israel begins at 2:55 in the recording embedded below.
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