US singer John Legend: Supporting Palestinians ‘baseline human position’

Feb 29,2020

‘As progressives, we should also speak up for human rights for Palestinians, and for too long, I think, it has been out of bounds for progressives to speak up for the rights of Palestinians,’ the singer said.

Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend has stood in solidarity with Palestine, voicing his support for its peoples' human rights in recently aired talk show.

The All of Me crooner appeared as a guest on the latest edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, a panel show focused on politics and current events.

During the taping, which aired on last Saturday in the States, the subject of US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was raised.

The politician has been a hot topic of conversation in the US in recent days, after issuing an apology last week for remarks suggesting money was the reason behind support for Israel, with her words widely criticised as "anti-Semitic".

When host Maher posed the question of whether Omar's comments were to be considered as such, Legend, 40, took a stand for the people of Palestine.

He said the topic has been "out of bounds" for too long: "As progressives, we should also speak up for human rights for Palestinians, and for too long, I think, it has been out of bounds for progressives to speak up for the rights of Palestinians.”.

The Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar winner added: “It is a progressive point of view to speak up for the rights of Palestinians.”

Omar and Rashida Tlaib this year became the first Muslim American women in Congress, but Omar has since backtracked from her comments, offering an "unequivocal apology" on her Twitter account.

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on this painful history of anti-Semitic tropes," the politician said.

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