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Antisemitism, by the way

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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” caused a stir when comedian Michael Che, joked about vaccines in Israel. “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population,” said Che, “I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,” was the punch line, which earned him hesitant laughs from the crowd. Needless to say, it’s utterly false. Quite the opposite. Israel has been doing its utmost best to provide the vaccine for all of its citizens, Arabs and Jews alike. The tasteless joke was criticized by many Jewish organizations as well as individuals, while some came to the comedian’s defense, claiming that it was part and parcel of the show’s humor, pushing at the edge.

It’s just a joke. Please don’t take it so hard. How many times have we all heard these exact expressions, or others like them, trying to calm us down, when quips or statements with a vivid antisemitic scent were thrown into in the air?! How many times have we told ourselves, quietly whispering into our minds, that it was just a joke?! As if trying to hide the demon, to push away the worry, to put to sleep the thought that something malicious is hiding behind the supposedly innocent smile. Who would think that there is anything beyond a joke here? It’s ridiculous, we tell ourselves more than once. What could happen? And so, we continued with our daily routine, until the pictures flowed from the synagogue in Pittsburgh.........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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