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Roni’s Grandma

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother is not the only one who made headlines in recent weeks (and also led to a wave of loving posts of “Sitti – my Palestinian grandmother” on social media). Another “sitti” who became famous all of a sudden is the late grandmother of Roni Sassover, number 9 on the Yamina Knesset roster. A tweet by her aspiring politician granddaughter lifted her out of anonymity and into the focus of some of the Israeli public over the past couple of days.

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Some people are upset about the failure of secular Sassover to pass a right-wing-religious trivia quiz she was given by Channel 13’s religious affairs and settlements reporter Akiva Novick. Others are more upset by her tweet from February 2018, when Sassover – a lawyer according to Wikipedia – was apparently too obscure to raise a storm with her racist Israeli off-the-cuff comment. Today she’s better known, and the tweet is another window into what we can expect in the next Knesset. (The polls predict 11 Knesset seats for Yamina, so Sassover has a good chance of becoming a lawmaker and an........

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