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February 24, 2021


NBC Accused of Having "Demonized" Jews in 'Nurses' Episode

“The writers of this scene check all the boxes of ignorance and pernicious negative stereotypes," the Simon Wiesenthal Center says of a recent episode involving an Orthodox patient.

The Center's earlier press release:

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today released the following statement regarding this scene from NBC show “Nurses:”   


“The writers of this scene check all the boxes of ignorance and pernicious negative stereotypes, right down to the name of the patient, Israel – paiyous and all. 


“In one scene, NBC has insulted and demonized religious Jews and Judaism." 


“Overreaction? Orthodox Jews are targeted for violent hate crimes – in the city of New York, Jews are number one target of hate crimes in US; this is no slip of the tongue. It was a vile, cheap attack masquerading as TV drama. What’s NBC going to do about it?” 

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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