Eretz Nehederet takes on Birthright

January 30, 2012 - 9:12 AM by

Eretz Nehederet actors portraying American-Jewish participants of a Birthright trip in ecstacy over learning they're going to visit Yad Vashem.

The increasingly blurry relationship between Israel and American Jews continues to be a subject for discussion, criticism and parody.

Only a few months ago, there was the controversy over the video campaign by the Ministry of Absorption to convince expatriate Israelis to come home. Whether due to lack of understanding by the makers of the videos (claim critics) or over sensitivity by those offended by the videos (claim advocates), the results proved that we don’t really see each other in the same we see ourselves.

That’s why it’s good for someone to come along once in a while and flatten the playing field by being so offensive that you can’t help but laugh. And that someone this time is Eretz Nehederet, the irreverent Channel 2 comedy/satire series poking fun at current events, national leaders, and in this case of the premiere of its ninth season last week, the Birthright/Taglit program.

As Haaretz put it, “In a rare jab at visiting Diaspora Jews, Israel’s premier satirical television show, Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Country), took on Taglit-Birthright Israel during its Monday night season premier.”

The skit in question follows a Birthright group as they travel by bus through the country accompanied by an Israeli guide.
You’ve got all the Diaspora Jewish stereotypes, as seen through Israeli eyes – the Jewish American Princesses, the partying, vulgar frat boys and the drug and the sex-addled South American participants.

Cynical to the nth degree, the skit – conducted in a mixture of Hebrew and English -manages to make fun of American Jewish allegiance to Israel, Birthright’s use of Holocaust guilt to encourage the participants to hit up their parents for contributions, and the cocky Israeli mentality as portrayed by the tour guide whose bravado gets him blown up by a land mine.

The skit (available here at least temporarily) loses steam half way through, but it’s still worth searching for in Hebrew on YouTube for its first few minutes for the setup, which provides some of the sharpest parody the show has created.

If American Jewish-Israeli ties were tenuous before this, I shudder to think where they’ll go after the sensitive American Jewish community views this.


8 Comments on Eretz Nehederet takes on Birthright

  1. Rebecca on Mon, Jan 30th 2012 11:05 PM
  2. As a member of the sensitive American Jewish community, I thought it was hilarious.

  3. Eyal from Israel on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 2:52 PM
  4. please pay no attention to Eretz Nehederet, their writers represent Isreal’s media which is self hating post zionist.
    Dont let them tare us apart.

    We are all one, every one of us has his own part.

    keep on visitig us, Israel will always be your safe home whenever you will need it

  5. stop on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 2:53 PM
  6. stop whining.

  7. aya on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 3:01 PM
  8. As an Israeli Jewish I don’t understand whats all the fuss about. Most of Israelis havent even heard about “Taglit”.. I just heard about it recently for the first time at the Israeli show “The voice” .. Israelis don’t “make fun” of Americans Its only a TV show and they make fun of e-veryone in Israel.. We adore Americans and we love the Jewish Zioninsts..Why woudnt we?! They realy are something to be proud of. I dont understand the reactoins..
    Continue and visit us. We love you!

  9. Tali on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 5:26 PM
  10. it’s comedy that’s all. and it doesn’t represent all Israeli Jews opinions as usually comedy shows does not represent anything but humor. as an Israeli it’s hard for me to understand why do american Jews take this so hard- Israelis for years are portrait in american comedies not in the best light (“don’t mess with the zohan” and others), and you didn’t see anyone saying that the relationship between american and Israeli Jews is collapsing then. So why now?

  11. Aurora Aronsson on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 7:59 PM
  12. As usual, the extreme leftist Israeli minority well represented by nihilist Eretz Nehederet, takes on the best of youth initiatives. They are filled with envy: ever since the sex-volunteers from northern Europe 30-50 years ago, they can’t bring young people to even just visit Israel, while birthright has a great record of people visiting and returning to stay…finding their besheret and a new life in Israel or after being in Israel.
    I think at Eretz Nehederet they are just vulgar: everyone can laugh at anything if they wish; some people even laugh at mourners, some even at or in Auschwitz.
    They qualify themselves, not those they laugh at.

  13. tali mor on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 9:25 PM
  14. SO funny. israelis are the best.

    We Americans shouldnt take this personlly haha :)

  15. Ethel on Wed, Feb 1st 2012 10:19 PM
  16. Great! Birthright/Taglit deserves to be parodied–Jewish identity, connection to Israel isn’t forged in a so called free 10 day trip; indeed the set up of rights without responsibilities is ripe for disconnectedness.

    Better the money should be used to fund Jewish day schools and camps in America and aiding the poor in Israel.

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