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Richard Belzer

SLAMMED By Jewish Org.

Over Hitler Salute

6/13/2012 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0613_richard_belzer_ramey_adlRichard Belzer's Nazi salute explanation isn't flying with a powerful Jewish group ... which claims the "Law & Order" star's actions were inappropriate, offensive and "not the least bit funny."

TMZ broke the story ... Belzer threw up the salute during a TV festival in Monte Carlo yesterday ... but insisted the gesture was not delivered in a "negative" way.

Belzer -- who described himself as a "Jewish comedian" -- said he was merely paying homage to the Charlie Chaplin movie "The Great Dictator" ... in which Charlie spoofed Hitler.

But the Anti-Defamation League isn't laughing ... in fact, ADL Director Abe Foxman -- a Holocaust survivor -- tells us, "Regardless of his explanation for his behavior, Richard Belzer’s imitation of Hitler was still inappropriate and offensive."

Foxman adds, "It’s not the least bit funny, but there’s no law against it.  Someone who is Jewish should know better and not disregard Jewish pain and tragedy just for the sake of a joke.”

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the large    

lighten up Francis!

865 days ago
2.

Abe    

Richard Belzer has always been an a-hole. And he always will be an a-hole. Expecting him to change would be like expecting Kim Kardashian to date albinos.

865 days ago
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Janette    

Oh God, shut up. Just shut up!

865 days ago
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firebaby    

is that a tattoo on his wrist? i though jews weren't allowed to get tattooed?

ah well, i'm Rasta and technically we aren't supposed to either, lol...

865 days ago
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parlayer    

Ungratfull LIb!! Move Out! USA Love it or leave it!!

865 days ago
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rukiayuzu    

I agree, it was offensive...

865 days ago
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Mike    

I think he was trying to be satiric, maybe ironic, most likely MOCKING those that think there's a place for things Hitler-esk in today's world. To try to argue that he did this out of any kind of respect of Hitler points more to the stupidity of his detractors than anything he's done.

865 days ago
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Kimberly    

OH Lord! Give it a Rest. Between 15 and 20 MILLION lost thier lives in Slave Trade. Get down off the cross Isreal, someone needs the wood. You are NOT the only ones who have suffered historically and you are not even the largest group of people to endure such suffering BUT you have made THE most money off of it.

865 days ago
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Jackazz flatts    

Hiel Belzer!!!!

865 days ago
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OldeGreyWoolf    

It was satire and homage! Get over it! It was funny! Enough already with the Jew crap! Worse than blacks about "******"! Your martyrdom is NOT appreciated! Get a life and leave Belzer alone!

Israel's behavior lately has been VERY Nazi like. Maybe that was his point. Israel has lost it's humanity!

865 days ago
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Marilyn    

This man is NOT funny!

865 days ago
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lynn    

lol right, this is satire and comical, totally not a LiLo-esque grab for attention. HEIL HITLER GUYS, IT'S OKAY I'M A JEW, LOLZ I'M SO HILAR!!

865 days ago
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FreeWill    

But I don't get it, they are saying Beltzer is a Nazi? that doesn't fly either! I believe he was silly but to implicate something else is just over judging IMO!

865 days ago
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JimmyB    

He's a comedian. If you don't think it's funny; don't laugh.

865 days ago
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Genial     

Belzer has NEVER been funny. He's an arrogant, cynical. boob. Yet it's a mystery to me why the same Jews who condemn him voted for an anti-Israel 'President' like Hussein Obama.

865 days ago
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