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SNL under fire for anti-Semitic joke about Israeli COVID vaccine rollout

Saturday Night Live star Michael Che is under fire from critics for a joke they claim was anti-Semitic. The Weekend Update correspondent said: “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population. I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half".

The vast majority of Israel’s population — 74 percent — is Jewish, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. Vaccination rates of Israeli Arabs are much lower than Jews in the country, partially due to distrust of the government in the Arab community, according to a January article in The Christian Science Monitor.

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