The Best Zionist Jokes
I came up with the Zionist jokes below after working for years as a peace activist
seeking equal human rights and justice for Palestinians. The first joke is a
variation on an "oldie but goodie." The other jokes are my own original
material, except for the outtakes from the original, uncut version of Monty
Python's Life of Brian. By "Zionist" I do not mean "Jew," because many Jews oppose
the form of Zionism that results in Israeli Jews continually stealing land and
water from their closest neighbors. The greatest Jewish intellectuals of modern
times opposed the racist excesses of the militant Zionists, including Albert
Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Noam Chomsky. Nor am I being anti-Semitic, because I believe in equal rights for Jews and
Palestinians; both are Semitic people. I find it darkly ironic that Israel has become
the most anti-Semitic nation on earth, due to its oppression of
by Michael R. Burch,
an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry
A pollster asks a homeless person, a cult member and a Zionist the same
question: "What is your opinion of the meat shortage?" The
homeless person asks, "I'm sorry, but what do you mean by 'meat'?" The cultist responds, "Please
forgive me, but what do you mean by an
'opinion'?" The Zionist turns beet-red and screams, "What the
**!#*!@* does 'excuse me' mean?"
Zionism: n. (zih-uhn-ism) A quasi-religious belief, held by many Israeli Jews,
that "God does not exist, but he gave us your land, so we can demolish your
houses, leave your children homeless, and take it!"
Q: How many Zionists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One to change the bulb and 7.8 million to accuse Edison, GE, tungsten and
Q: What is the difference between a Zionist and a professional criminal?
A: A professional criminal doesn't make up lame excuses for things he denies doing.
Q: Why did the Zionist cross the road?
A: To occupy the other side.
Q: What did the Zionist answer, on his job application form, when asked about his
Q: Why did the Zionist claim to own the space between your ears, while you were
A: It was temporarily unoccupied.
Q: Which Zionist film is most likely to win an Oscar?
A: The Great Terrain Robbery, starring Sean Con-nery and Donald Smother-land.
Q: Why did the Zionist claim to own your home?
A: You couldn't prove that it was in your family's
possession 2,000 years ago, so it must be his to claim.
You can lead a Zionist to water, but you can't make him share it with a
All roads lead to Jerusalem ... except the Jewish-only roads that Palestinians are not allowed to
Original Anti-Zionist jokes in Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN remain cut out of Criterion special edition
by Eric Verlo
Think you know the saga of the deleted scenes from Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN?
Not if you trust Wikipedia. The 1979 comedy didn’t just take the mickey out of
Jesus and the feuding Palestinian Liberation fronts, it poked fun at Zionists,
as goose-stepping racists led by Eric Idle’s OTTO the NAZIRENE determined to
promote Jewish racial purity, carve a Lebensraum from the “traditional Jewish
areas of Samaria,” displace the Samaritans into internment camps, and plan an
Anschluss of Jordan to “create a great Jewish state that will last a thousand
years.” My, my, my. But the defamed parties had the last laugh. They acquired
the studio with the rights to the film, obliterated the offending celluloid,
reedited the video release, and have rewritten cinematic history.
Maybe you don’t care what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians. But did you
know someone is messing with the oeuvre of Monty Python? We had the comedy
sketches memorized in college. Who could have imagined the originals would be
vulnerable to tampering?
I’m not sure this is an overreaction. Monty Python is not Shakespeare, what is?
But it’s not Nicholas Sparks either. For a populist phenom I say Python rivals
Swift. This is book burning, is what it is—a sinister effacing of creative
work. In a recent British poll, LIFE OF BRIAN was in contention for England’s
greatest film comedy. But for your consideration, instead of a director’s cut,
we’ve got a censor’s cut.
Here’s the lowdown in brief: three integral scenes of the theatrical release
that were removed from the video version. The third scene was recut to make up for
the absence of the first two. And a key character was stricken from the credits.
When Criterion later released a collector’s edition, the missing sequences were
included in the extras as “deleted scenes.” But these scenes were represented by
mangled outtakes of the originals, from which key lines remain excised. Then an
official narrative was fabricated to recount how the sequences had been removed
from the original version to improve the flow, the crude outtakes testifying to
why they didn’t make the cut.
But that’s all bullocks—and the niggling weak spot to this digital book burning
is, ironically enough, that BOOKS were published in 1979 to accompany the film’s
release: a mass-market paperback of the screenplay, and an oversized Monty
The rewrite runs afoul too of anyone who remembers seeing the film in its first
You may have revisited the video many times, now the DVD, maybe you read about
the scandals about the film’s release, maybe you memorized some of the Biggus
Dickus dialog; are you curious that you missed the bits about Samaria, Jordan
and purified Jewish blood?
When the Catholic church objects to a movie, it declares a boycott. Zionists
take a more effective strategy. When pulling funding from the project doesn’t
work, they buy the rights and delete the scenes. You’d think a film as
celebrated as LIFE OF BRIAN would be inviolate to culture vandals. And so far
the desecration has escaped the legions of Monty Python fans. Wikipedia recounts
how Otto’s scenes were deleted from the film, and thankfully resurfaced to be
included as outtakes on the 2007 Criterion edition. But the account is untrue.
From restored out-takes we might surmise that Jewish objection were limited to
the Star of David embellished as a swastika, but from the un-restored material
it seems that the modern censors objected to Zionists being depicted as determined to
carve their own Lebensraum in Samaria by means of Anschluss and concentration
camps, for the sake of a third Jewish reich. And what have we now happening in
the Occupied Territories which Israeli settlers insist on calling their Samaria
and Judea of biblical history, and what of the open air internment of the
Palestinians in Gaza. Oh My Goodness.
The Criterion edition of Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN has some famously restored
scenes, alleged to have been cut from the original version. They’re available
again, and you can see them on YouTube. But it’s Poppycock. The scenes in
question were actually removed from the video release, and “lost” by the studio
which took over handmade films. The deleted scenes were actually out-takes of
the originals. Fortunately, the screenplay published to accompany the 1979
release has the original lines, which vary quite curiously from what’s being
peddled as the restored original. Yes, the deleted scenes have deleted scenes.
If you saw the 1979 film in the theater, you might remember Otto, the
Hitleresque Zionist with the curiously non-German accent. Here is the original
script made from the final take. The out-take restored as “deleted scenes” stray
considerably from these lines. The lines in bold have simply been simply
BRIAN slips out through the back door and descends some steps into MANDY’S
garden where he sits, head in hands.
Suddenly a voice assails him.
OTTO: Hail, Leader!
OTTO: Oh, I—I’m so sorry. Have you seen the new Leader?
BRIAN: The what?
OTTO: The new Leader. Where is the new leader? I wish to hail him. Hail, Leader.
BRIAN: Oh. Who are you?
OTTO: My name. Is. Otto.
OTTO: Yes. Otto. It’s time, you know . . .
OTTO: . . . Time that we Jews racially purified ourselves.
OTTO: He’s right you know. The new leader. We need more living room. We must
move into the traditionally Jewish areas of Samaria.
BRIAN: What about the Samaritans?
OTTO: Well, we can put them in little camps. And after Samaria we must move into
Jordan and create a great Jewish state that will last a thousand years.
BRIAN: Yes, I’m not sure, but I . . .
OTTO: Oh, I grow so impatient, you know. To see the Leader that has been
promised our people for centuries. The Leader who will save Israel by ridding it
of the scum of non-Jewish people, making it pure, no foreigners, no gypsies, no
BRIAN: Shh! Otto!
OTTO: What? The Leader? Hail Leader!
BRIAN: No, no. It’s dangerous.
OTTO: Oh, danger: There’s no danger. (flicks his fingers) Men!
A phalanx of armed, rather sinister, men appear from the shadows and fall in.
OTTO: Impressive, eh?
OTTO: Yes, we are a thoroughly trained suicide squad.
OTTO: Oh yes, we can commit suicide within twenty seconds.
BRIAN: Twenty seconds?
OTTO: You don’t believe me?
BRIAN: Well . . .Yes . . .
OTTO: I think you question me.
BRIAN: No. No.
OTTO: I can see you do not believe me.
BRIAN: No, no. I do.
OTTO: Enough. I prove it to you. Squad.
SQUAD: Hail Leader.
OTTO: Co-mmit Suicide.
They all pull out their swords with military precision and plunge them into
themselves in time, falling in a big heap on the ground. Dead.
OTTO: (with pride) See.
OTTO: I think now you believe me. Yes?
OTTO: I think now I prove it to you, huh?
BRIAN: Yes, you certainly did.
OTTO: All dead.
OTTO: Not one living.
OTTO: You see, they are all of them quite dead. See I kick this one. He’s dead.
And this one’s dead, I tread on his head. And he’s dead. And he’s dead. All good
Jewish boys, no foreigners. But they died a hero’s death and their names will
live forever. Helmut . . . Johnny . . . the little guy . . . er . . . the other
fat one . . . their names will be remembered . . . eventually . . . forever.
now I go. Hail Leader.
BRIAN: Wait Otto. You can’t just leave them all here.
OTTO: Why not—they’re all dead.
One of the ‘corpses’ farts. There is a giggle.
OTTO: Wait a minute. There is somebody here who is not dead. There’s somebody
here who is only pretending to be dead. Stand up, you.
One of the bodies stands up sheepishly. As he does so, he stands on someone else
who quite clearly says ‘Ow.’
OTTO: Who said ‘ow’? You’re not dead either. Neither are you. Stand up, stand
up, all of you. Oh, my heck, is there not even one dead?!
They have all stood up averting their eyes in shame.
HELMUT: No, sir. Not one.
ADOLF: We thought it was a practice, sir.
OTTO: Oh my cock! Tomorrow, as a punishment, you will all eat—pork sausages!
There is a horrified muttering at this suggestion. OTTO turns sharply to BRIAN.
OTTO: OK. Tell the Leader that we are ready to die for him the moment he gives
BRIAN: What sign?
OTTO: The sign that is the sign, that shall be the sign. Men, forward!
OTTO’S MEN march away singing their exciting song.
OTTO’S MEN’S SONG:
There’s a man we call our Leader.
He’s fine and strong and brave,
And we’ll follow him unquestioning
Towards an early grave.
He-e gives us hope of sacrifice
And a chance to die in vain,
And if we’re one of the lucky ones,
We’ll live to die again.
BRIAN: Silly bugger.
A second scene involves Otto and his Nazirenes receiving the sign, as the
crucifixion party departs the city gates.
JUDITH now is running through the crowded streets. She reaches some steps and
climbs up onto a roof. Quickly, she opens a basket and releases a flock of
A very STRANGE MAN is lying on a lonely hilltop. Suddenly he rouses himself,
sits up and peers into the distance towards Jerusalem.
A flock of pigeons flies up against the sun.
Seeing this, the STRANGE MAN rouses himself and does an extremely odd but
Further away, on an even lonelier hilltop, a pile of straw moves to reveal that
it is in fact a MAN dressed in straw. He watches the STRANGE MAN’S dance
STRAW LOOK-OUT: It is the sign!
Instantly OTTO appears, with all his men.
OTTO: The sign that is the sign?
OTTO: Men! Our time has come! Our leader
calls! Men forward!
The MEN march into the wall and each other.
OTTO: Oh my cock.
Of course the omission of Otto’s gang created a problem for the film’s final
scene, where his men repeat their self-sacrifice beneath the crosses. Here was
the original sequence:
Suddenly PARVUS looks up. He has heard something.
OTTO and his MEN appear over the skyline.
BRIAN: Otto! (a new flicker of hope in his eyes)
OTTO: Men, charge!
The ROMANS, seeing this formidable army bearing down on them, finger their
swords rather nervously and then break and run away back towards the city gate.
BRIAN’S face lights up with renewed hope as he sees OTTO’S army advancing at the
double. The army arrives under the cross, swords held aloft. The ROMANS have all
OTTO: (to Brian) Leader! We salute you. Men! Die for your cause!
With immaculate precision they all run themselves through, including OTTO.
OTTO: You see. Every man a hero. They died for their country.
BRIAN: You silly sods.
For the re-edited video and subsequent DVD versions, audio voice-overs were
added to explain Otto’s final charge. None of this was in the original.
—[A group of faux oriental-looking warriors come over a hill, led by their
leader, King Otto. Care to venture a guess as to who they are? Yes, it's...]
The Judean People’s Front!
The Judean People’s Front!
Look out! The Judean People’s Front!
—[The JPF stop in front of Brian's cross.]
Ve are the Judean People’s Front! Crack suicide squad. Suicide Squad! Attack!!!
—[They all ceremonially whip out their weapons, open a hatch in their armor, and
proceed to kill themselves.]
Ungggghhh… that showed ‘em, huh?
You silly sods.
Note: Eric Idle as Otto, the Nazirene, was evidently scrubbed from the revised
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