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Joan Rivers Goes All Jersey on Anti-Israel Crowd

By Gabe Friedman

Joan Rivers has come out in support of Israel in a big way.

When asked by a TMZ reporter about the violence in Gaza and Israel, Rivers compared the situation to New York and its much-maligned neighboring state.

“If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe ‘em out,” she said, waving her hands. “If we heard that they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey.”

Even if Rivers apparently missed the memo about the PATH trains that connect New York to New Jersey underground, she got her point across.

“You cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves,” she continued.

The reporter countered by asking her about the Palestinian civilian casualty rate.

“They started it!” she yelled repeatedly.

The interviewer then mentioned that celebrities Dwight Howard and Selena Gomez had defended Palestine on Twitter.

“Oh, Selena Gomez, that college grad,” Rivers responded. “Let’s see if she can spell ‘Palestinian.’”

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Hollywood Hillbillies: 'Jews Are Too Smart For Manual Labor'

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — This week saw the premiere of cable network REELZ’s new reality show, “Hollywood Hillbillies.” Not included in the episode — but available thanks to the generosity of the folks at TMZ — is this clip in which Mema, transplanted to LaLa Land (LA) from small-town Georgia, shares her feelings about Jews.

“I love Jews. I’ve never seen one that couldn’t get some s*** done,” Mema said after spending the day with her Rolls Royce-driving Jewish manager David Weintraub. “You never see a Jew doing manual labor. They’re all smart.”

More shocking than this admission is the fact that, after the success of “Honey Boo Boo” and “Duck Dynasty,” this show took so long to happen. A reality reboot of the classic “The Beverly Hillbillies” = genius.

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Bar Refaeli Pulls a Katy Perry

By Anne Cohen

You’re welcome.

In case you were wondering (on the off chance your brain still works after seeing this picture), the woman kissing Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is Orna Elovitch, TMZ reports.

The caption reads: “B & O standing on the grass and k.i.s.s.i.n.g”

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Justin Bieber Pees in Public

By Anne Cohen

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I think it’s fair to say that you can officially be labeled a child star brat once you casually drop your pants in a restaurant kitchen and urinate into a mop bucket on your way out of a club.

Who would do such a thing, you might ask? The answer, unsurprisingly, is Justin Bieber.

According to TMZ, the 19-year-old pop sensation was exiting a nightclub in New York earlier this year when he found himself in need of a bathroom. Because public restrooms are obviously for lowly plebs and not international superstars, Bieber decided to relieve himself in a restaurant kitchen he happened to be passing through. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the singer was filmed by his posse, who whooped and cheered, as the singer cackled at his own daring achievement.

This is just the latest in a series of obnoxious antics that have people worrying that the singer will lose some of his eager young tween fans.

Here’s hoping.

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Amanda Bynes Rejected from Private Jet

By Chavie Lieber

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Things aren’t going too well for Amanda Bynes— the girl can’t even get herself on a plane.

The former “All That” star was denied access to a private jet this past weekend for not having photo ID and trying to use Google to suffice, TMZ reports.

Bynes was traveling from Jersey to LA over the weekend when she was asked by the captain of the private jet for some photo ID. But her license was suspended and she had no other form of ID.

The captain explained to her that she needed some sort of government ID to fly, according to TSA regulations, to which Bynes screamed, “I’m Amanda Bynes,” and demanded he Google her.

Except Google search does not count as photo ID. Phone calls were made to the private jet company at Teterboro Airport to see if they could pull some strings for the actress, but there was no way of getting around it— no ID, no fly— and Bynes was rejected from the flight.

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Lohan and TMZ Photographer — He Blew The Hebrew

By TMZ Staff

Crossposted From TMZ

Lindsay Lohan got a hard lesson in bad Hebrew today — when our gentile photog tried to spit out a question in native Jew tongue … and totally futzed it up.

As LiLo made her way to an L.A. gym, our guy tried to ask a Passover-inspired question about why she believes her latest stint at rehab is different from all the others — “Why is this night different from any other night?”

The Hebrew is supposed to sound like this, “Mah Nishtana Halayla Hazeh.”

Instead, our guy asked something that sounded like this, “Mnashtaoihaloi”

Lindsay was understandably confused.

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'King' LeBron James Consults Kabbalist

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Courtesy of TMZ

In the wake of his much-maligned primetime special announcing his move to the Miami Heat, is hoops superstar LeBron James desperate for some good advice?

That’s James’ ghostwriter Buzz Bissinger’s take on gossip blog TMZ’s scoop that the Heat’s new forward sought the advice of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the kabbalist guru we covered in June.

“Whoever this rabbi is or isn’t, he can’t possibly give worse advice than his handlers have given him,” said Bissinger, who co-authored a biography titled “Shooting Stars” with the player. “The Decision,” James’ hour-long announcement aired on ESPN on July 8 to near-unanimous derision.

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Bullock's Torment: Husband's Alleged Mistress in Nazi Photo Shoot

By Benjamin Peim

Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, the stripper and tattoo model who allegedly carried on an affair with Sandra Bullock’s biker husband, Jesse James, posed for a photo shoot about a year ago in which she sported a bikini, Nazi cap and swastika armband while licking a dagger.

Courtesy of TMZ

The celebrity news Web site TMZ, which originally obtained the photos, cited anonymous sources “close to” McGee who claim that, in posing for the photos, McGee was just trying to be “provocative.”

It worked: McGee was dropped from a modeling gig with fashion line Angry White Girl clothing after the pictures surfaced.

TMZ said it was handed the photos by McGee’s ex-husband, who also alleged in child custody documents that she “makes the Nazi salute” and has a strategically placed swastika tattoo, according to the Web site.

TMZ also published photos today of what appears to be McGee’s refrigerator, decorated with children block magnets reading: Go White Power.

Bullock, 45, moved out of the couple’s California home days after news of the affair surfaced.

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