In a new interview, Alan Dershowitz tells the Columbia Current what he’s done lately for Mideast peace. “I recently sent a copy of ‘Palestinian Chicken,’ that Larry David gave me, to Prime Minister Netanyahu — with the suggestion that he invite Abbas over to watch it together,” he said, referring to the episode of “Curb… More ▸
JTA’s Ben Harris interviewed Jason Alexander about his experience in Israel:
When Shimon Peres asked Jason Alexander if he could call him as George, it seemed like a textbook example of Israeli chutzpah directness. But Peres actually deserves some credit. At least he had the decency to ask.
“Most people don’t ask, they just call me George,” Alexander told JTA . “They actually think that’s my name. That line between fantasy and reality gets blurred. “
There were several such moments during Alexander’s four-day trip to the Holy Land last week as part of a delegation from One Voice, a New York-based organization aimed at empowering moderates in the Middle East to pressure their leaders into accepting a two-state solution. Alexander was in the region to lend his celebrity to Israeli and Palestinian grassroots efforts toward a resolution. But media outlets in Israel and around the world appeared more interested in the “Seinfeld” star than in peacemaking.
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By Lashon Holly
Jason Alexander aka George Costanza met in Jerusalem this week with Israeli President Shimon Peres (he also visited with Palestinian officials in Ramalah). Alexander was representing the organization OneVoice, which seeks to help reach a two-state solution by training “Israeli and Palestinian youth in leadership skills, non-violent activism, and democratic principles.”
Here’s the official version from the president’s office:
President Peres turned to Jason Alexander with a smile and said jockingly, please allow me to call you George. He then said: “George, on the show you and Jerry Seinfeld conduct yourselves like two different states – each of you has a differing world view and creative thoughts. What is your advice to advance the peace process in the Middle East?”
Alexander answered the President by saying that it is correct that he and Jerry Seinfeld represent two different worlds and it is extremely difficult to have a relationship like this, but my advice to you is not to give up. Even with the disappointments it is important to continue in the difficult effort of advancing peace which is so important. I too, through comedy and humor, try to contribute my part by advancing the idea of two states for two people.
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Seinfeld star Jason Alexander was spotted this weekend without one of his most recognizable features: his bald head. A few months ago Alexander tweeted: “I am experimenting with some interesting hair systems. Don’t be shocked if you suddenly see pics of me with more hair than usual.” Now we can finally see some results, though what… More ▸
By Lashon Holly
This week’s poll is dedicated to the memory of Frances Bay. More ▸
…and they were better at it too.
So Kanye West’s opened his mouth. Again.
The successful yet controversial rapper said this weekend that people look at him like he’s Hitler. That’s right.
While the honorable Mr. West enjoys being so innovative and cutting edge, he would be disappointed to find out that the whole Hitler comparison thing has been happening since the early days of the Nazi rise to power.
The difference? The other comparisons were funny.
Now I’m not saying that every Hitler comparison should be funny, it shouldn’t. But for Godwin’s sake Kanye, stop being such an egotistical douche.
So for future reference, if you ever want to compare yourself to Adolf Hitler, you should at least attempt to do it like this: More ▸
It took a long time but Jerry Seinfeld is finally on Twitter! Seinfeld, who spoke against getting a twitter only 2 months ago in a New York Times interview, launched his handle, @Setintime last Friday. His first tweet read, “Greetings Tweetarians! I have just landed on your Planet. This could be my last Tweet.” It… More ▸
Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline a Nov. 13 gala to celebrate the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, a $150 million project to place the museum on the city’s Independence Mall and expand it tenfold to more than 100,000 square feet. More ▸
The Giving Beast, the philanthropy section of Tina Brown’s online mag, The Daily Beast, recently took 50 of the world’s most well known celebrities who are aligned with specific charities, and calculated which had the greatest impact on those charities. The Beast tallied how much “awareness they produced for their favored nonprofit in print, television,… More ▸