NBC has pulled an episode of the hit comedy Nurses from its streaming services following widespread backlash over an ‘anti-Semitic’ scene featuring a Hasidic Jew.
The episode, which originally aired on the network on February 9, has received renewed attention on social media amid controversy over a separate ‘anti-Jewish’ prank on NBC’s Saturday Night Live last week.
The Nurses scene features an Orthodox Jewish character named Ezriel rejecting a bone graft 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 way.
I do not consent. It is God who heals what he creates, ‘Ezriel states on stage, much to the frustration of doctors who seem to see him as prejudicial and anti-science.
Several prominent media figures took to Twitter and criticized the scene for being factually inaccurate.
‘For those of you unfamiliar with Jewish law, which sets a precedent in healing and saving lives, there is no prohibition on the type of bone graft in this clip,’ tweeted the head of the American Jewish Committee, Seffi Kogen
He stated: ‘I think this is the most anti-Semitic thing I’ve ever seen on a TV show.’
An NBC official told DailyMail.com that they took the episode off their digital platforms and that it will not be broadcast on television again in the future.
They also emphasized that the series was acquired from an outside studio in Canada and is not an original series from NBC.
The network has spoken with various national Jewish groups in recent days and continues to have conversations with them.
NBC has pulled an episode of the hit comedy Nurses from its streaming services following a widespread backlash over an ‘anti-Semitic’ scene with a Hasidic Jew.
The NBC official emphasized that the series was acquired from an outside studio in Canada and is not an original series from the NBC network.
Jewish groups have not taken the scene kindly, with the Simon Wiesenthal Center declaring: ‘Orthodox Jews are the target of violent hate crimes in New York City. Jews are [the] target number one of hate crimes in the United States. This is not a slip. It was a cheap, vile attack masquerading as a television drama. What is NBC going to do about it?
Elsewhere, right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro joined the outrage and posted on Twitter: “This is outright anti-Semitism. There is NOTHING in Jewish law that comes close to 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 thanks to the donation of a kidney from a foreign Christian. She read about her situation on Facebook and decided to save her life with one of her organs. The idea that Jews do not accept such generosity is outright anti-Semitism, ”they wrote.
The scene drew the ire of hundreds of Twitter users, including prominent commentators Ben Shapiro and Bari Weiss.
Michael Che is in hot water for a joke on Saturday Night Live considered anti-Semitic
The controversy comes a few days later 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 ‘Weekend Update’ segment of the show, which Che co-hosts with Colin Jost, Che made light of the vaccination efforts taking place in Israel.
“Israel reports that it has vaccinated half its population,” Che says while preparing the joke.
“I’m going to guess that it is half Jewish,” concluded Che.
The joke immediately provoked an uproar, with accusations that the joke was anti-Semitic.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) quickly began circulating a Saturday Night Live petition to “retract your outrageous claim and immediately apologize.”
“The claim is categorically false: all Israelis, regardless of religion or ethnicity, are eligible for the COVID vaccine, and more than two-thirds of Arab citizens of Israel over the age of 60 have already been vaccinated,” the petition says.
Not only is the ‘joke’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ untrue, it’s dangerous, a modern take on a classic anti-Semitic trope that has inspired the mass murder of countless Jews throughout the centuries.
In the Middle Ages, thousands of Jews were burned 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 used this falsehood to justify the incarceration of Jews in ghettos and carry out the mass murder of European Jews.”
Israel is seen worldwide as one of the leaders in vaccination against COVID-19
The Christian Science Monitor reports that 43 percent of Israel’s Arab residents aged 60 and over have been vaccinated, compared with 75 percent of Jewish residents who belong to the same age group.
The disparity is probably related to the distrust of the Arab population towards the Israeli government or the geographical division.
However, Israel is trying to improve its vaccination rates for various religious groups.
Vaccines are ongoing in Israel, which is seen as a leader in the fight against COVID-19.