Seinfeld Visits Anti-Terrorism Fantasy Camp In Illegal Settlement

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These part-propaganda, part-morbid fantasy “terror camps” provide tourists a chance to play the role of IDF soldiers in dramatic situations.

​Comedian Jerry Seinfeld did the Palestinian cause no favors when he decided to visit a counter-terrorism training academy in a West Bank settlement.

These fantasy terror camps have popped up throughout Israel and the West Bank, offering tourists from across the globe a chance to pretend-kill terrorists, who look suspiciously like Palestinian Arabs, only for $115 per person.

Seinfeld went to Israel to perform two shows at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, staying in the country for 10 days to enjoy a vacation with his family. But it was when he visited one of these camps known as Caliber 3 that several of his fans started criticizing the star for openly supporting military occupation.

In these facilities, visitors are allowed to train like IDF soldiers and act in a variety of simulated situations — including an explosion at a Jerusalem marketplace, a stabbing attack, a sniper tournament, and a live demonstration with attack dogs.

The two-hour “training academy,” which is frankly part-propaganda and part-morbid amusement, provides travelers “a taste of the Israeli military experience,” according to Haaretz.

Caliber 3 in the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion in the West Bank is reportedly the most popular of all these “anti-terror” camps. IDF Col. Sharon Gat established the facility, which later inspired several others across the country, back in 2003. He said approximately 15,000 to 25,000 tourists visit Caliber 3 each year, and the majority of the visitors are American Jews.

However, in recent years, these military stimulation sites, which do nothing but promote the anti-Palestinian sentiment, have also gained massive popularity among travelers from Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy, Russia, and China — even those who are on work-related trips and religious pilgrimages.

​After spending some time at the camp, the training facility posted on Facebook telling fans that the comedian had a great time at the facility.

“Finally we are allowed to tell you,” the academy wrote. “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.”

The post, which included photos of an incredibly amused Seinfeld, was later deleted without an explanation.

Prior to visiting Caliber 3, Seinfeld also visited the Ramon Air Force Base in the Negev to hear about a combat navigator and his personal story.

Fans were not amused.

 

Needless to say, it seems that Seinfeld has lost a number of fans now that they are aware that the star seems to support military oppression and the violation of human rights of countless Palestinians.

So what inspired Gat to set up such a macabre activity center?

“One day, I sat there wondering whether a Jew in the death camp of Auschwitz could have ever dreamed that an academy like this would ever exist in Israel and that it would train members of the German army,” he explained. “And then I said to myself that I am going to open this place to the public to show what a long way the Jewish people have come in 75 years.”

Apart from entertaining tourists, sites like Caliber 3 also provide training to security personnel and sell hard-core military equipment — along with T-shirts and other merchandise.

Moreover, Gat’s facility also runs a summer camp for teenage boys, which includes training and lessons on Zionism and survival skills, according to RT.

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