In a recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” the host took a humorous yet poignant approach to discussing the serious and ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Oliver, known for his satirical commentary on current events, addressed the recent attacks in Israel and the subsequent siege of Gaza.
Oliver began by acknowledging the difficulty of discussing such a complex and sensitive issue, but emphasized the importance of trying. He detailed the brutal attack launched by Hamas-led militants on October 7th, which resulted in the death of over 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and the taking of over 200 hostages.
In response to this attack, Israel has invaded Gaza, after previously cutting off nearly all water, food, electricity, and fuel to the territory. Oliver compared the intensity of Israel’s bombing campagn to that of the U.S. in Afghanistan, highlighting the severity of the situation.
The host also criticized U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Florida for his comments suggesting there are few innocent Palestinian civilians. Oliver countered this by stating, “there are absolutely innocent Palestinian civilians, in the same way that there are Floridians who aren’t brain-dead bigots with a penis for a head. A region’s worst does not represent them all.”
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