More Shoddy Journalism From The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post has the following “scoop” regarding a gift from Alan Dershowitz to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Comedian Larry David has been called a lot of things over the course of his long and successful career, but we’re pretty sure “peace maker” has never been one of them. Until now. Well, almost sort of, anyway.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has sent an episode of David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in hopes that he will invite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over to watch it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As dedicated “Curb” fans have likely already guessed, it’s none other than the Palestinian Chicken episode, in which David is conflicted over whether it’s okay to get chicken from a Palestinian-owned restaurant even though—to the dismay of his Jewish friends—it’s housed right next to a deli.

David got the whole thing going by first sending the DVD out to Dershowitz. The attorney says it’s been received by Netanyahu, who is “looking forward to watching it.”

“Maybe if they both get a good laugh, they can begin a negotiating process,” says Dershowitz of the two leaders.

It sounds as crazy as any good “Curb” episode, but after watching this clip we think maybe he’s right.

The Jerusalem Post have clearly taken the story from the JTA blog 6 Degrees Of No Bacon. But they’ve omitted the video clip from the end of the story, rendering the last sentence above nonsensical.

But more embarrassingly, the story is from 2011, as clearly written in The Hollywood Reporter story linked to in the JTA blog post. In fact, I posted it all the way back then.

Way to go, Post.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media