NBC has been accused of anti-Semitism for the second time in a week after a scene from sitcom Nurses sparked outrage on social media for portraying a Hasidic character in a negative light.
The scene – which aired on the network earlier this month – featured an Orthodox Jewish character named Ezriel refusing a bone graph from a ‘goyim, an Arab or a woman’.
Goyim is a Yiddish word for a non-Jewish person, and is often used in a pejorative manner.
‘I don’t consent. It’s God who heals what he creates,’ Ezriel states in the scene, much to the frustration of doctors who appear to view him as prejudiced and anti-science.
Several prominent media figures took to Twitter on Tuesday night slamming the scene for being factually inaccurate.
‘For those of you unfamiliar with Jewish law, which puts precedent on healing and saving lives, there is no prohibition on the kind of bone graft in this clip,’ American Jewish Committee head Seffi Kogen tweeted
‘The writers made it up, dressed their actors in Jew-face, and put random extremist nonsense in their mouths’.
He declared: ‘I think this is the most antisemitic thing I have ever seen in a TV show’.
The scene has received renewed attention following a joke made by Saturday Night Live’s Michel Che last week that also sparked claims of anti-Semitism.
NBC has been accused of anti-Semitism for the second time in a week after a scene from sitcom Nurses sparked outrage on social media for portraying a Hasidic character in a negative light
Columnist Alison Joseph claimed that the scene from Nurses was ‘a libelous portrayal of Orthodox Jews’.
‘The idea that such a surgery would be problematic… is a vicious lie that endangers men who walk around with curled side locks and black hats,’ Josephs stated.
Ben Shapiro joined in the outrage, posting on Twitter: ‘This is straight up anti-Semitism. There is NOTHING in Jewish law that remotely approaches anything the Jews say in this clip.’
Former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss added: ‘This is disgusting’.
Meanwhile, another Jewish Twitter user chimed in with a personal anecdote.
‘I have a very good Jewish friend whose life was saved by a kidney donation from a Christian stranger. She read about his situation on Facebook and decided to save his life with one of her organs. The idea that we Jews wouldn’t accept such generosity is anti-Semitism straight up,’ they wrote.
The scene attracted the ire of hundred of Twitter users, including prominent commentators Ben Shapiro and Bari Weiss
An NBC official told DailyMail.com that they have pulled the episode from their digital platforms.
The network has spoken with several national Jewish groups in recent days, and is continuing to have conversations with them.
The NBC official also stressed that the series was acquired from an external studio in Canada, and is not an original NBC network series.
Michael Che is in hot water for a joke on Saturday Night Live deemed to be anti-Semitic
The controversy comes just days after two Jewish organizations are demanding an apology from Saturday Night Live star Michael Che after a joke he made on the NBC variety show last week.
During the show’s ‘Weekend Update’ segment, which Che co-hosts with Colin Jost, Che made light of the vaccination efforts taking place in Israel.
‘Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population,’ Che says as he sets up the joke.
‘I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,’ Che concluded.
The joke immediately started an uproar, with accusations that the joke was anti-Semitic.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) quickly began circulating a petition Saturday Night Live ‘retract its outrageous claim and apologize immediately.’
‘The claim is categorically false: every Israeli, regardless of religion or ethnicity, is eligible for the COVID vaccine, and more than two thirds of Israel’s Arab citizens over 60 have already been vaccinated,’ the petition reads.
‘Saturday Night Live’s ‘joke’ isn’t just untrue – it’s dangerous, a modern twist on a classic antisemitic trope that has inspired the mass murder of countless Jews throughout the centuries.
‘In the Middle Ages, thousands of Jews were burnt at the stake after being blamed for the Black Death and accused of protecting only themselves.
‘In the 20th century, the Nazis accused Jews of spreading disease and seized on that falsehood to justify imprisoning Jews in ghettos and carrying out the mass murder of European Jewry.’
The Christian Science Monitor reports 43 percent of Israel’s Arab residents 60 and over have been vaccinated, compared with 75 percent of Jewish residents belonging to the same age group.
The disparity is likely linked to either the Arab population’s mistrust of the Israeli government or the geographical divide.
Nevertheless, Israel is attempting to improve their vaccination rates for various religious groups.
Vaccinations are ongoing in Israel, which is seen as a leader in the fight against COVID-19
Israel is seen worldwide as one of the vaccination leaders against the COVID-19