Comedian Joan Rivers has defended comments she made about the Israeli-Palestine conflict, saying her remarks were taken out of context.
Video posted online shows Ms Rivers being asked about 'the two-thousand Palestinian dead' to which she answers: "Good, good. Ask Colin Powell. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don't count who's dead. You're dead, you deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don't you dare make me feel sad about that."
She goes on to say that Hamas was democratically voted for by "a lot of very stupid people who don't even own a pencil."
When told "this is the most number, percentage wise, of civilian deaths," Ms Rivers says: "Who cares?"
The 81-year-old issued a statement last night on her Facebook page saying she was "taken out of context".