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Ikea shoppers in Israel are able to get more than just stylish but affordable furniture at stores throughout the nation this week — with the sites also being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The shots became available Monday to customers in the furniture giant’s parking lots.

The Israeli Health Ministry and Magen David Adom, the country’s emergency services, launched the two-day initiative as part of a larger vaccination drive.

“Our main goal is to get everyone vaccinated,” an MDA spokesman said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“The idea is that if you won’t come to us, we’ll come to you. We have special pop-up vaccination stations that can be set up quickly almost anywhere.”

A paramedic with Israel's Magen David Adom medical services prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at an IKEA.

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An Israeli paramedic from Magen David Adom medical services administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine.

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February 23, 2021

Vaccinations were also administered Monday in Jerusalem’s historic Mahaneh Yehuda market, in addition to shopping malls throughout the nation.

Israel, which has rolled out the shots at the fastest rate in the world, has already administered the first dose to at least 4.4 million people, or 47.9 percent of the population.

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Watch Crowd Protests Outside NBC Studios over Israel Vaccine Joke: Anti-Semitism Isnt Funny

Chants of “Shame on NBC” and “Antisemitism isn’t funny” rang out in front of NBC Studios in Manhattan on Saturday night, as protesters gathered in response to what organizers called an anti-Semitic joke made by Saturday Night Live cast member Michael Che made on the show one week ago.

“Anti-Semitism is not funny,” chanted protesters, who are demanding an apology from NBC for disseminating a series of anti-Semitic jokes, the most recent one being on SNL last week.

NBC and Michael Che have been facing backlash for a joke the comedian told last week on SNL, in which he said, “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population. I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.”

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Critics have slammed Che for his remarks, calling the joke anti-Semitic.

“The truth is that the Arab population of the state of Israel has received the vaccine no different from the rest of the population. That is a fact,” said former New York State Assemblyman and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA) Dov Hikind, who led the protest on Saturday.

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Hikind went on to say that NBC’s behavior is part of what causes hate against Jews, adding that by promulgating such content, the broadcasting company is promoting a stereotype about Jews that “anti-Semites are selling all over the world.”

“The whole idea that we Jews don’t care for anybody, [that] we’re not interested in anybody except fellow Jews, that is so not true,” said Hikind. “But that’s what the anti-Semites want you to believe. That’s what the anti-Semites are selling all over the world.”

“And to have a major network, right here in our country, right here in New York, being part of that, creating that anti-Semitic stereotype,” Hikind added.

Protesters also called out NBC for another anti-Semitic joke told by Che last year, in which the comedian made light of a pageant website for “Miss Hitler” being shut down, adding that the winner for the contest was “Miss Israel.”

NBC has also fallen under heavy fire for another incident in which a resurfaced scene of Nurses shows a Hasidic patient refusing a bone graft from a “goyim” — the Yiddish word for a non-Jewish person.

A video clip of the scene was circulated and scrutinized on Twitter, as social media users and Jewish organizations pointed out its inaccuracies, and blasted the scene as anti-Semitic. NBC reacted to the criticism by pulling the episode.

“We sent a strong message tonight to the NBC brass that antisemitism is never funny, just like no form of racism is funny or tolerable. Except, only casual Jew-hatred seems to be tolerated, so we can’t allow such statements, despite the comedic context, to go unchallenged because of how potent and dangerous they are,” Hikind told Breitbart News.

“Antisemitic-laced jokes lead to serious real-world consequences,” Hikind added. “We’re waiting for SNL and NBC to do the right thing.”

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, on Parler @alana, and on Instagram.

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