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Teachers, rabbis at odds over satirical Israeli TV show

Conservative activists are protesting the popular comedy show "The Jews are Coming," though supporters say its irreverence is crucial to Israeli society.

"The Jews are Coming" is a Monty Python-esque sketch comedy show about the history of the Jewish people. Produced by Israel's public broadcaster, Kan, the irreverent program skewers characters and events in Jewish history, from Abraham to Hitler and the burning bush to the West Bank.

Responses to the show, which is filled with Israeli chutzpah and very little subtlety, have been equally outspoken. Religious leaders and politicians have protested, calling for its creator and the Kan broadcasting company to be investigated for violating Articles 170 and 173 of the penal code, which prohibits public offense to faith or religious sentiments.

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