PLO Slams Stern Defense of Israel

Howard Stern
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October 7, 2015

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) attacked and demanded an apology from radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday, a day after Stern offered a full-throated defense of the Jewish state and lashed out at Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters for supporting boycotts of Israel.

Stern was reacting to an open letter sent by Waters to rock star Bon Jovi, who recently played a concert in Israel. Waters offered in the letter his support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel.

"Where do you want the Jews to go Roger?" Stern exclaimed. "Where do you want them to go? You want them to just go back to the concentration camp? What is it you want, f*ck head?"

The PLO took exception to Stern’s remarks and accused him of supporting genocide against the Palestinians.

"The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States strongly condemns the recent inflammatory statements against Palestinians made by radio host, Howard Stern, as well as his shameful attack of human rights activist, Roger Waters," according to the statement, a copy of which was sent to the Washington Free Beacon.

"Mr. Stern's contention that Palestinians ‘did not live there [Palestine]’ is a claim grounded in racist assumptions that the indigenous Palestinian population does not exist," claims the organization, which has been held accountable for terror attacks against Jews. "Such baseless allegations only serve to foment violence and hatred, and do little to promote the interests of peace and reconciliation."

The PLO claims that Stern "has a track-record of misusing his national radio platform to espouse vitriolic and genocidal views against Arabs and, in particular, Palestinians."

The statement does not acknowledge the PLO’s own role in promoting and facilitating deadly terror acts against Israel.

"We will not allow anyone, including Mr. Stern, to disseminate misguided, racist, or genocidal views into the public sphere without being held to account," the PLO writes. "The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States calls on Mr. Stern to retract both current and past statements and issue an immediate apology, and urges Sirius XM Radio, who we are confident does not condone such views, to hold Mr. Stern responsible."