‘The Jewish Half’: SNL’s Dig at Israeli Apartheid Angers Many (VIDEO)

American comedian Michael Che of Saturday Night Live. (Photo: Video Grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

In a 12-second video clip, American comedian Michael Che of Saturday Night Live crossed a line that mainstream US media rarely cross.  

Although many news and entertainment pundits have been celebrating the Israeli COVID-19 vaccination model, Che had a different opinion.

“Israel is reporting that they vaccinated half of their population. And I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,” he said jokingly, taking a dig at Israeli apartheid.

Israel is often criticized that it practices institutional racism, where Israeli Jews are treated as first-class citizens, while Palestinian Arabs and dark-skinned Africans are often marginalized or mistreated. 

While some are already making the claim that Che’s comment was antisemitic, many others were glad to see a reference, however short, to the fact that Israel refused to provide vaccinations to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. 

Although, as an occupying power, Israel is responsible for the welfare of occupied Palestinians under international law, it is Russia, working with the Palestinian Authority, that is stepping up to provide badly needed vaccinations to the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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4 Comments

  1. I think it’s unlikely Che was even referencing the situation on the ground in Israel. He was more likely referencing people who are “half Jewish”, hence it’s the “Jewish half” as if it were a person. SNL jokes play to the surface of American popular culture and news. It’s unlikely that anyone on SNL even knows about the controversy.

  2. I am from Vancouver,Canada and i wanted to say that the mainstream Media here in Canada,USA and Europe say that Israel is leading the way in vaccinating the people
    there.This is a blatant Lie and has been condemned around the world.For example Gaza got over 2 million people and 2 thousand vaccine shots were shipped there.That is an insult to the people of Gaza.Someone needed to speak about that and Michael Che did.He got praise from around the world for doing so.The Gov’ts of Canada,USA and Europe didn,t like it because they supports Israeli Apartheid.The Majority of people in the world is helping the Palestinian People fight Israeli Apartheid.That support will continue.

  3. Present day Zionism is the worst thing that could happen to the Religion of Abraham. It is akin to the crafting of a Second Golden Calf. They heap bad Karma upon themselves. Listen to what the Torah True Anti-Zionist Rabbis of Neturei Karta have to say !

  4. Back in the 1980’s, the British produced a documentary named AL-NAKBA, that can still be found and watched on the internet. It is about the history of Palestine, and shows how Palestine land was initially bought up by the Rothschild interests, and then invaded by millions of Khazars after WW2, under the Balfour Declaration. The Zionists eventually got the British to totally disarm the native Palestinians, and once that was done, they bombed Israel into existence, forcing even the British to evacuate. America, be warned, because the same entities that took over Palestine are working day and night to get you disarmed. Just look at the main players in the gun control movement.

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