Julianna Margulies faces backlash for comments about Black community's support for Palestine

"The Good Wife" actress said the community may have been 'brainwashed to hate Jews.'

Julianna Margulies is coming under fire for provocative comments about the Black queer community amid the Israel-Hamas war.

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In conversation with Andy Ostroy on his Back Room podcast, the actress railed against support for Palestine and said the "entire Black community" may have been "brainwashed to hate Jews." And should they step foot in an Islamic country, they would be the "first people beheaded" to be "played with like a soccer ball," she said.

The comments came after Ostroy said that "people hate Jews" and dived more into antisemitism in the country, suggesting that there's more of an uproar over using "the wrong pronouns on college campuses."

The actress answered, “It’s those kids who are spewing this antisemitic hate, that have no idea if they stepped foot in an Islamic country — these people who want us to call them they/them, or whatever they want us to call them, which I have respectfully made a point of doing — it’s those people that will be the first people beheaded and their heads played with like a soccer ball. And that’s who they’re supporting? Terrorists who don’t want women to have their rights? LGBTQ people get executed."

Margulies then claimed that a "Black lesbian club" at Columbia University screened a film and "put signs up that said, 'No Jews allowed.'" (The signs actually said, "Zionists aren’t invited," according to the New York Post.) "As someone who plays a lesbian journalist on The Morning Show, I am more offended by it as a lesbian than I am as a Jew," she said. "Because I wanna say to them, ‘You f---ing idiots. You don’t exist. You’re even lower than the Jews. A. You’re Black, and B. You’re gay and you’re turning your back against the people who support you?’ Because Jews, they rally around everybody.”

Later, she said Adolf Hitler "got his entire playbook from the Jim Crow South." "In the civil rights movement, the Jews were the ones that walked side by side with the Blacks to fight for their rights. And now the Black community isn’t embracing us and saying, ‘We stand with you the way you stood with us.'" She added, "The fact that the entire Black community isn’t standing with us to me says either they just don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews."

"Here's what kills me," she later added. "These kids are calling Jews colonialists. If you're gonna go with that argument, kids, then get the f--- out of America. Because you were not here first. Native Americans were here first and you owe them a big f---ing apology."

Representatives for Margulies had no immediate comment when reached by EW, but suggested that a statement may be forthcoming.

The actress recently penned an op-ed for USA Today about the conflict, which called out the "silence" of her non-Jewish friends.

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