Geraldo Rivera says a member of his wife’s family branded him ‘disgusting’ after he slammed Israel amid the latest eruption of violence in the Middle East.
The 77-year-old pundit made the claim on Twitter Friday, writing: ‘Wild attacks since I made clear my feelings: Innocent Palestinians-including kids-disproportionately victimized by current violence.
‘My aunt-in-law just called me disgusting. Many supporters of Israel believe it’s disloyal even to mention Palestinian suffering. Too bad. Peace now.’
Rivera, who is Jewish, has been married to Erica Michelle Levy, 46, since 2003. He raised eyebrows earlier this week after supporting hard-left ‘Squad’ congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Fox News.
Earlier this week, Rivera harshly criticized Israel in a series of segments on Fox News. Rivera’s views may surprise some, given that he is both conservative and Jewish. Conservative Jews across the US are among the groups most likely to be supportive of Israel’s military actions.
In one appearance he became embroiled in a screaming match with co-star Dan Bongino, saying it was ‘abhorrent’ that Palestinians were dying at 20 times the numbers of Israelis.
In another appearance, he accused Israel of ‘crimes against humanity’ and threw his support behind Tlaib who is Palestinian-American, and who has called on the US to halt the sale of weapons to the Jewish state.
Geraldo Rivera says a member of his wife’s family has branded him ‘disgusting’ after he slammed Israel and voiced his support for Palestine amid the latest eruption of violence in the Middle East. Rivera and his wife Erica Michelle Levy are pictured together in 2017. They are both Jewish
The 77-year-old pundit – who is Jewish – made the claim on Twitter Friday
On Wednesday, Rivera told Bongino that he ‘demanded a cease fire’ and said he was concerned for the welfare of Palestinian children.
Bongino – who is pro-Israel – shot back: ‘Geraldo, you do this every time and it is such garbage. You play this emotional game with the audience and use your position of responsibility to put out misinformation.’
‘This is not about me,’ Rivera replied. ‘You didn’t come here to attack me. I’m sick of you, Bongino. You’re a punk.’
The discussion quickly descended into farce as the pair traded insults and shouted over one another.
Rivera screwed up a piece of paper and hurled it at the monitor from his remote location.
Bongino burst into laughter and called him an ‘out-of-control lunatic’.
‘I’m an out of control lunatic?’ Rivera responds. ‘I’m a ten-time Emmy winner.’
On Wednesday, Rivera told Bongino that he ‘demanded a cease fire’ and said he was concerned for the welfare of Palestinian children
Rivera, a veteran war correspondent, said it was ‘abhorrent’ that Palestinian children were dying at a rate 20 times higher than Israelis
Rivera said he was concerned for the welfare of Palestinian children. A Palestinian girl is seen being pulled from the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza on May 16
In a separate segment, Rivera told Fox’s Martha MacCallum that Israel was committing ‘crimes against humanity’ by bombing Palestinian civilians.
He also threw his support behind Tlaib, who opposes the $735-million sale of U.S. weapons to Israel.
‘The fact that the United States of America is providing Israel many of the weapons they are using today to kill Palestinian civilians without demanding a cease-fire, [shows] Tlaib is right,’ he stated.
‘That makes us complicit in an ongoing crime against humanity.’
Rivera, who has worked as a war correspondent, has visited Palestine and described it as ‘one of the most menacing places on Earth’.
‘Everyone and everything going into and out of Gaza is controlled by Israel,’ he stated.
‘Electricity, fuel, airspace, ports, cell phone service, even who gets to farm those meager fields. It’s effectively one of the world’s largest prison camps and it is being bombed with bombs supplied by the United States.
‘It’s outrageous that we gave Israel these hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons without insisting on a ceasefire now.’
Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday after 15 days of violence that left 11 Israeli civilians and 248 Palestinian civilians and militants dead.
A Palestinian demonstrator throws teargas canisters back at Israeli forces during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah, West Bank, on May 17