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Roseanne Barr to Address Knesset; Will Be Voice Against BDS

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Actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr is slated to address a special Knesset session at the end of January, saying she has “important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement.” Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr is slated to address a special Knesset session at the end of January, saying she has “important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement.”

INN reported that her address will come during a tour organized by celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network, the organization announced last Monday. Rabbi Boteach said that “bringing an incredibly proud Jewish woman like Rosanne to Israel will be a great boost to its citizens.”

Barr announced her visit to Israel on Monday telling Fox News in a press release that her aim is to “further my own knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history” and speak out “against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement.” BDS refers to the anti-Israel movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions of the state.

“While I intend to further my own knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history, I have important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement,” Barr said in a statement.

“We are in an age where Israeli innovation is ascendant and changing the world in areas of medicine, technology, media and the arts. Israel is an oasis of openness, freedom, democracy and tolerance amidst a desert of brutality from an age gone by. I want to shout this from the heights of the Galilee to the halls of the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city – and from the cafes and art galleries of Tel-Aviv to the beaches of Eilat,” she added.

She will speak at the Israeli Knesset on January 30.

Earlier this year, Barr’s rebooted sitcom “Roseanne” was canceled after she retweeted a statement that accused former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett of having evil intent toward Jews and Israelis. Barr had previously come under fire for a racist tweet that mocked Jarrett, who is African-American, saying that “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

She later released a video in which she ranted about the tweet, yelling “I thought the b*tch was white!”

Back in September of this year, it was reported that Roseanne said that she was planning to take a trip to Israel to avoid “The Conners,” a spinoff of her eponymous show.

At the time she said that she was going to go and study “with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me.” She also said: “It’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”

Since it aired this fall, “The Conners” ratings have been less than stellar with some TV critics opining that the show has lost its luster without its mainstay character, Roseanne Conner.

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