Israeli politician Pnina Tamano-Shata was barred from participating in a blood drive on the grounds that she has 'the special kind of Jewish-Ethiopian blood.'
Sigal Samuel is a Senior Editor at Open Zion. Before joining The Daily Beast, she contributed to The Jerusalem Post and The Walrus, among other publications. Follow her @SigalSamuel.
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Is Naftali Bennett's new platform for egalitarian prayer services near the Western Wall a 'gesture of good will' to non-Orthodox Jews? Sigal Samuel on why we shouldn't take such a credulous view.