Is Keith Olbermann Jewish?

After my last post “It is not about a Mosque; it is about America”, many friends – who were impressed by what Keith Olbermann had to say – sent me private email messages asking whether Mr. Olbermann was Jewish.  Such inquiry is reflective of the hope – for which many people yearn – to have more Jews speak out against Islamophobia and in defence of the principle of universality of human values and human rights, whether in the United States, Palestine/Israel, or anywhere else.

As to the specific question, I respectfully say to all my friends who asked:  I do not know whether Keith Olbermann is Jewish or not; but does it really matter?

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada

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Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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3 Responses to Is Keith Olbermann Jewish?

  1. chris assad says:

    You have answered Monzer.

    It really does NOT matter folks. I would venture to say to those that are still curious, that Mr. Olbermann is not Jewish. I am very satisfied knowing his view and would be just as happy if the view is that of a Jewish person.

  2. maha says:

    He is not in fact Jewish; but his politics seem to elicit this very question from people of all different ‘faiths’. For those who really must know, he is a Unitarian.


    Having said that, and considering the current state of American ignorance re their President’s faith (“OBAMA! MUSLIM! ISLAMIST! GET ME A HOT DOG!”), I wouldn’t be surprised if there are circles who secretly whisper “*olbermann!* *muslim!*”.

    xox m

  3. maha says:

    Note that the link I included above is to a transpcript of Countdown from June 2008. About 2/3 of the way down, the following bit of conversation takes place, which is where Olbermann’s faith is mentioned:

    “BATEMAN: Wait. You don‘t want our announcement now. You‘re invited. You‘re invited. A big law passed in California recently. Hun? We‘ve got a two-fer with Portia and Ellen. We‘ve got a deal on the church and you‘re invited.

    CROSS: It‘s Unitarian.

    OLBERMANN: Good, I was raised in that faith. So there‘s just a lot of political talk, no actually religion involved. OK, that‘s going to get me in trouble with my ancestors. “

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