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April 29, 2013 1:29 am

New Israeli Banknotes Spark Controversy

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Twenty Shekel bill, with special text celebrating Israel's sixty years anniversary. Photo: wiki commons.

JTA – Israel’s Cabinet authorized newly designed bank notes to be issued at the end of this year, despite criticism that the new bills feature only Ashkenazi Jews.

The personalities who will grace the new currencies are all poets and writers: Rachel Bluwstein Sela on the 20 shekel note, Shaul Tchernichovsky on the 50 shekel note, Leah Goldberg on the 100 shekel note and Natan Alterman on the 200 shekel note. The personalities were chosen by a public committee.

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