BBC Comedy Sketch Shows Israeli ‘Land Grab’ in London


Actors posing as workmen tell local businesses that the Israeli embassy is exercising its God-given right to take over their properties

In the sketch, two “workmen” in hardhats, claiming to be from the embassy and equipped with schematics and maps of the surrounding streets, begin informing shops and other businesses that the embassy is planning an extension to build a conservatory that will include the location of their properties.

Among the explanations they proffer are: “Before it was your land it was our land, so we are really going to take what was rightfully ours,” “It’s not like taking land is a big deal,” “We’ve been doing it for years,” and “This is our land that was given to us by the Almighty.”

One owner is told that the embassy doesn’t need planning permissions because it has a 2,000-year-old planning book. And when a store proprietor asks for a letter, she’s told: “We generally go with the bulldozers first and letters later.” Another is informed that the jars of olives in a deli display “are ours as well.”

One man, apparently amused by the claims made by the “workmen,” is told: “I’m finding that smile a bit anti-Semitic… so I think you should really wipe it off your face.”

Source: The Times of Israel

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