In Israel, a portrait of a poet who married a non-Jewish woman has caused some to
Several religious figures have criticized the Bank of Israel’s
decision to feature renowned Hebrew poet Shaul Tchernichovsky on newly minted NIS 50 notes, citing
his marriage to a Christian woman
Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi, brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara, said last week
that the use of the Russian-born poet’s image on the bill was “an outrage.”
“Shaul Tchernichovsky has become a symbol of assimilation, of assimilation ideology,” he said,
according to Israel National News. “It is inconceivable that such a person, as important a poet as
he may be, should become a symbol in the state of Israel.”
Tchernichovsky was married to Russian-born Christian Melania Karlova, with whom he had a
Ben-Artzi said he would refuse to use the new banknote, and said he hoped similar refusals by
numerous other citizens would lead to its recall.
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