Conservative radio host Mark Levin lit into Comedy Central host Jon Stewart for a “putrid” bit blasting Israel’s attack on Hamas last week, explaining the violent history of the terrorist group occupying Gaza and instructing Stewart to “read up, Ivy League boy!”
On July 14, Stewart relentlessly attacked Israel for its operation in Gaza to stop Hamas rocket fire. Many innocent Palestinians have died in the attack — some of them due to their government’s insistence on firing and storing rockets close to, or even inside, civilian homes.
That segment got him a lot of heat, a fact Stewart himself admitted in another bit Monday night. And on Tuesday night, Levin appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain why.
“The disinformation and the propaganda he was putting out in the form of jokes was outrageous,” the radio host charged. “I would just tell Mr. Stewart it really doesn’t take a lot of courage to criticize Israel and trash Israel. It’s done all the time.”
“The fact of the matter is if Hamas had the weaponry that Israel had, nuclear weapons and other weapons, Israel would cease to exist,” Levin explained. “If Israel wanted to take out whole communities in Gaza, they could do so in about 30 minutes.”
“I don’t think [Stewart's] funny, I don’t think he’s smart,” he continued. “I thought this particular segment was really stupid.”
Levin sought to “educate Jon Stewart and his clapping seal studio audience, to let them know: Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas also was part of the [Palestinian Liberation Organization]. The PLO’s history goes back to The Mufti, goes back to The Third Reich, The Final Solution. Read up, Ivy League boy! Try and figure out exactly what’s going on before you cut your stupid jokes!”
Stewart went to school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia — not an Ivy League university, but one of the “Public Ivies.” Levin’s rap, however, probably referenced the progressive intelligentsia’s adoration of Stewart.