Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein joined those condemning NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for cast member Michael Che’s comments suggesting that Israel had only vaccinated the “Jewish half” of its population against COVID-19, as the network has remained silent.
“I inform you that anti-Semitism is not funny. It is dangerous and false,” wrote Edelstein on Twitter Monday, in Hebrew.
“In Israel, we have vaccinated more Arabs than most countries in the world. Satire is meant to be entertaining, not shocking. Your ‘joke’ is an antisemitic lie that can have dangerous consequences in a country where two and a half years ago 11 Jewish worshipers were murdered, just because they were Jews,” he continued.
היי אתם ב @nbcsnl מעדכן אתכם שאנטישמיות לא מצחיקה.היא מסוכנת ושקרית. בישראל התחסנו יותר ערבים מרוב מדינות העולם. סאטירה אמורה להיות משעשעת, לא מזעזעת. ה”בדיחה”שלכם היא שקר אנטישמי שיכולות להיות לו השלכות מסוכנות במדינה בה לפני שנתיים וחצי נרצחו 11 מתפללים יהודים, רק כי היו יהודים
— Yuli Edelstein יולי אדלשטיין (@YuliEdelstein) February 22, 2021
NBC declined to comment when reached by The Algemeiner Monday.
Edelstein, a former Speaker of the Knesset, has helped lead Israel’s vaccine campaign, which has inoculated the highest proportion of its population of any country.
His remarks joined those from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and other Jewish groups criticizing the Saturday segment, who said that it recalls age-old antisemitic conspiracies blaming Jews for disease.
The American Jewish Committee circulated a petition on Sunday, calling for NBC to apologize and retract the comments.
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