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Health minister: SNL gag that Israel only vaccinating Jews is ‘anti-Semitic lie’

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Health Minister Yuli Edelstein condemned “Saturday Night Live” on Monday after one of its actors joked that only Jews are being vaccinated in Israel, calling the allegation an “anti-Semitic lie.”

“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and I’m gonna guess it’s the Jewish half,” cracked Weekend Update co-host Michael Che to a chuckling audience on Saturday.

“Just to let you know that anti-Semitism is not funny, it is dangerous, and also a lie,” Edelstein tweeted, tagging SNL.

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“By the way, in Israel, all residents regardless of religion and ethnicity have equal access to vaccines, and Israeli-Arabs enjoy one of the highest vaccination rates in the world,” Edelstein added. Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein presents the new health basket a press conference in Jerusalem on February 10, 2021.(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

As of Tuesday, over 4.4 million Israelis have received their first vaccine dose, and three million have received the second, out of a population of 9 million.

“Satire is supposed to be funny, not offensive and your ‘joke’ is nothing more than an anti-Semitic lie, which can have dangerous consequences in a country where only two and a half years ago 11 Jewish worshipers were murdered, just because they were Jews,” he said, referring to the 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Israel has offered vaccinations to all of its citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, in addition to Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. But critics have faulted the Jewish state for not vaccinating the........

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