Roseanne Barr to Address Israel’s Parliament in January
Roseanne Barr is scheduled to meet with Israel's parliament on Jan. 30 while she visits the country to learn about Jewish and Israeli history.
Barr made the announcement of her Israel trip on Monday and said she also plans on speaking out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which protests Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
The trip is being organized by celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's World Values organization.
"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," the comedian and actress 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," she continued. "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 [Israel's parliament] in Jerusalem, Israel's capital city."
Barr denied rumors on Twitter in November that she had suffered a heart attack.
Barr's revival of Roseanne was canceled by ABC in May after Barr made a racist comment about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. The show was then revamped without Barr and titled The Conners.
By Wade Sheridan, UPI.com
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