Jerry Seinfeld's Support for Israel Draws Protests at Virginia Show
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The actor/comedian's vocal support for Israel amid its conflict in Gaza has sparked protests at his comedy gig in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, May 18.

AceShowbiz - On Saturday night at Chrysler Hall, pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupted Seinfeld's performance, chanting "Save the children of Gaza" and "No more American tax dollars for genocide". One heckler labeled Jerry Seinfeld a "genocide supporter", leading to a physical altercation with an audience member.

Despite the disruptions, Seinfeld maintained his composure, joking about the situation. Security removed at least one protester from the venue as the audience chanted "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!".

The incident is part of a pattern of backlash Seinfeld has faced for his outspoken support of Israel. Earlier this month, dozens of Duke University students walked out of his commencement speech.

SevenVenues, the show's producer, released a statement condemning the disruptions and affirming its policy of removing hecklers.

Seinfeld's support for Israel stems from his personal connection to the country. In an Instagram post, he expressed his deep affection for Israel and condemned the attacks in Gaza.

Despite the protests, Seinfeld has defended his right to express his views. He told his audience in Virginia that he supports the freedom to protest but urged them not to boo.

The ongoing conflict in Gaza continues to generate strong emotions and has become a polarizing issue. Seinfeld's support for Israel has drawn both praise and criticism, highlighting the complex and challenging nature of the Middle East conflict.

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