Joan Rivers could not care less about the thousands of civilian Palestinians being killed by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip.
In fact, the longtime comedian basically said they are getting what they deserve.
“You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that,” she said in a video recorded outside Los Angeles International Airport.
The statement came when TMZ asked Rivers about the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been killed since the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Protective Edge a month ago.
“Oh my God! Tell that to the people in Hiroshima,” she said. “When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead.”
Rivers, known for her caustic statements and sharp barbs on celebrities said the Palestinians killed were dumb not to get out of the Gaza Strip when Israel warned them that bombs were coming.
“They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs,” she said.
The video caused a severe backlash against Rivers, prompting her to go on her website to try to clear up what she said. Rivers also blasted TMZ for taking her words out of context.
“What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts. We, The United States, certainly know this as 69 years later we still feel the guilt of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” she said.
“Along with every other sane person in this world,” she said. “I am praying for peace.”