Is this joke offensive?

I’m not Jewish, so I’ll admit up front that I may not have the sensitivity to things like this that I might have about anti-gay slurs. But I listened to the joke, and I’m not sure I get the slur. What do you think? The ADL is ticked, but the pro-Israeli audience howled with laughter and applause. From Tapper at ABC:

Jones tells the joke “in order to set the stage for my remarks,” and then proceeds to tell the story of a “member of the Taliban separated from his fighting party.” The Taliban member stumbles upon a shack, which it turns out is a “little store owned by a Jewish merchant.’

“I need water,” the Taliban fighter says to the merchant. “Get me some water.”

“I’m sorry I don’t have any water but would you like to buy a tie?” the merchant says. “We have a nice sale of ties today.”

The Taliban warrior goes on a tirade against the merchant, against Jews, about Israel. “I need water you try to sell me ties, you people don’t get it.”

“Well I’m sorry I don’t have water for you,” the merchant says, “I forgive you for all of the insults you’ve levied against me, my family, my country…But I will help you out.”

The merchant steers the Taliban towards a restaurant two miles away.

“They have all the water you’ll need,” the merchant says.

The Taliban fighter walks towards the restaurant, then returns about an hour later.

“Your brother tells me I need a tie to get in the restaurant,” he says.


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