Roseanne Barr will address the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) during an upcoming tour of Israel next month, the comedian announced in a press release on Monday. The trip will be sponsored by Barr’s friend and spiritual advisor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his World Values Network.
“I very much look forward to my trip as a lover of Israel and friend of Rabbi Shmuley and ambassador of the World Values Network,” Barr said. “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’s address to Israel’s parliament will take place on Jan. 30.
“We are in an age where Israeli innovation is ascendant and changing the world in areas of medicine, technology, media and the arts,” Barr said. “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.”
Earlier this year, Barr starred in a historic reboot of her hit show “Roseanne,” with the added twist of turning her title character into a Trump supporter. The show — and Barr — were received uneasily in New York and Los Angeles, but the reboot quickly became the number one program on television.
ABC canceled the show, however, after TheWrap reported on a tweet Barr sent just after Memorial Day in which she likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarett to the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” then ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey said in a statement at the time “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing”
ABC kept the show going by killing off her character in the considerably lower rated “The Conners”
Since then, Barr has apologized multiple times and offered various explanations for her tweet including that she was joking, that she was on Ambien, and that she had been unaware Jarrett was African American.