It’s always interesting hearing Russell Brands’s views on world events. In his latest web series, called The Trews, Brand dissects a recent Fox News, Sean Hannity episode where the topic of Israel and Gaza was discussed.
Watch the full video below:
Some notable outtakes from the segment:
Hannity opened the segment by asking his guests, “is America’s largest Muslim so-called civil rights group [the Council on American–Islamic Relations or CAIR] showing sympathy to terrorists? Let’s have a debate.”
Brand notes that Hannity was “already being unreasonable” in how he was framing the “debate,” adding that the Fox host “wants conflict” rather than peace between Israel and Palestinians.
Hannity pressed pro-Palestinian guest Yousef Munayyer, of the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center, to answer whether Hamas is a terror group, shouting and using strong language to frame the discussion. Brand chimes in…
“Another thing Sean does is just use incendiary words. ‘Rockets!’ ‘Kidnapper!’ ‘Murder!’ ‘A little baby duckling kicked in the face!’ These are just things that are bad.”
Hannity then moved the topic forward to the issue of Palestinians using children as “human shields.”
“Reports from Gaza say that they’re not using children as human shields. Those children are dying because there are missiles going off all over the place and Gaza’s only a little tiny area.”
“But even if they were, even if everyone was carrying around children literally strapped to wooden boards, using them as shields — they still wouldn’t die if it weren’t for the missiles. The key ingredient in the death of those children is the missile.”
Brand ends his segment of The Trews pointing out that Hannity was “using intimidation, bullying, being unreasonable” to shout his guest down.
“One definition of terrorism is using intimidation to achieve your goals. Who in that situation was behaving like a terrorist?”