Namaste Netanyahu: When Satire Meets Reality

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Satire:

To combat the ongoing threat of coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control has urged citizens to no longer greet each other with handshakes or hugs, but to use exclusively jazz hands in hopes of preventing the disease from spreading further, the organization confirmed this morning.

“We urge everyone to stop shaking hands immediately,” said Dr. Ruben Spurkle, a spokesperson for the CDC. “Instead, we suggest greeting people in a manner both more sanitary and, frankly, more fabulous: jazz hands. If we have any hope of saving the world from this crippling disease, by God, it is with sassy, interpretive movement.”

Not satire:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the spread of coronavirus in Israel at a Wednesday press conference, suggesting that Israelis forego the normal greeting ritual of shaking hands and instead adopt the Indian meeting tradition of the Namaste.

Netanyahu claimed the Namaste may help to slow the person-to-person spread of coronavirus on Israeli soil.



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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