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Israeli Embassy in London. Security guards spot hidden cameras (archives) Photo: AP
Israeli Embassy in London. Security guards spot hidden cameras (archives) Photo: AP

The joke is not on Israel

Stars of British prank show manage to fool PM Cameron, but fail to trick Israeli Embassy in London

Yaniv Halily
Published: 11.12.13, 13:07 / Israel Culture

LONDON – In normal times, the security guards at the Israeli Embassy in London are busy protecting the building from anti-Israel protestors. Recently, however, they faced a different kind of mission when they were forced to deal with two British comedians attempting to carry out a prank.


The duo, Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowes, have been filming a season of the BBC Three series, "The Revolution Will Be Televised." As part of the program, the two try to trick different people using a candid camera.


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The two comedians are considered quite shrewd. They have managed to fool British Prime Minister David Cameron and also succeeded in entering the International Criminal Court in the Hague and putting up wanted posters for Tony Blair and George Bush.


While filming one of the shows, the Jewish Chronicle reports, the pair put on high-visibility jackets and hard hats and attempted to get past armed police at the embassy gates by posing as building surveyors who had arrived to plan a conservatory.


But the alert security guards spotted their hidden cameras and ordered them to leave.


"The embassy was much harder to get into than all the other places we tried," Rubinstein said.


The embassy staff, however, did not find the stunt amusing. Embassy Spokesman Yiftah Curiel criticized the comedians' attempt to challenge the security measures of the Israeli Embassy, targeting "a sensitive location where terrorist attacks have taken place in the past."


Nonetheless, Curiel invited the pair to attend the embassy's Purim party in a few months, so that "they learn how to masquerade."


The failed prank will be aired on the BBC network in England in mid December.



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