Seinfeld under fire over visit to West Bank ‘military camp’

www.timesofisrael.com | 7/18/2017 | Staff
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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is taking heat from fans after photos of him at a West Bank “anti-terrorism” course were posted online earlier this week.

The Caliber 3 training facility, located near the settlement of Efrat south of Bethlehem, posted the photos of Seinfeld on its Facebook page with the message, “Finally we are allowed to tell you! Jerry Seinfeld and his family were in Caliber 3. During their visit to Israel last week, they came to us for a special and exciting activity with displays of combat, Krav Maga, assault dogs and lots of Zionism. It was great.”

Seinfeld - Performances - Tel - Aviv - December

Seinfeld put on two performances in Tel Aviv on December 30 and toured Israel with his family. After the training facility’s Facebook post, however, Twitter erupted with a violent backlash against the comedian.

“I can never unsee Jerry Seinfeld gleefully posing with a machine gun at an IDF fantasy camp,” posted culture writer Eric Thurm.

Jerry - Seinfeld - Kids - War - Games

“Jerry Seinfeld took his kids to play war games with the IDF. So cute, right? Now imagine the reaction if, say, Bella Hadid posed with the PFLP or DJ Khaled (brandishing a machine gun) hung out with Hamas,” wrote controversial academic Steven Salaita, who is known for his biting criticism of the Jewish state.

As of Tuesday, the facility had removed the photos from its page.

Caliber - Camp - Security - Personnel - Police

Caliber 3 began in 2003 as a camp for professional security personnel such as police. Since 2009, the program has also become an attraction for tourists who are taught how to handle...
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