Roseanne Barr spoke to a crowd of hundreds in Tel Aviv on Monday where she claimed that her sitcom was axed last year because of her support for Israel.
The controversial comedian made the comments at an event organized by the Tel Aviv International Salon, which invites “top leaders and decision makers” to speak in English to Tel Aviv’s community of young professionals, Olim, foreign press, and embassy staff.
“I was BDSed by ABC,” said Barr, referring to the Palestinian-led movement that calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel.
“I feel like I’ve apologized to people who didn’t understand my tweet, people who were too [expletive] stupid. I went on Twitter for the express purpose of defending Israel.”
Last May, Barr tweeted what most interpreted as racist remarks about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, leading to ABC cancelling its reboot of “Roseanne”.
“It was six months of walking through the dark night of the soul but Hashem [God] was with me the whole way,” she told the crowd.
The 66-year-old actress, who was accompanied by celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, said she was “just here to defend the Jewish people.
“There’s grotesque anti-Semitism growing every day – coming from right and now left every day,” she added. “That’s why I left the left. We’ve got to get the Jews to leave the Democratic plantation.”
Barr’s latest comments echo what she told the Jerusalem Post earlier this month.
“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism. I think it played a part — the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant — and what I meant was a commentary on Iran — so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain.”