New York Times internationally prints antisemitic cartoon of Trump, Netanyahu

New York Times admits cartoon had antisemitic tropes and says it was an error of judgement to publish.

April 28, 2019 04:29
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Antisemitic cartoon in New York Times

Antisemitic cartoon in New York Times. (photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)

The New York Times International Edition ran a cartoon on Thursday of an apparently blind US President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke being led by a dog with a Star of David for a collar and the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The cartoon was part of its Opinion section and appeared next to a column by Thomas Friedman about immigration.
The cartoon, condemned by numerous people in the last few days,  appeared in the April 25 edition and was available in Israel on the weekend edition issued for the seventh day of Passover followed by Shabbat, two days when observant Jews were not active online.

“Another disgusting display of vile antisemitic trope celebrated in The NY Times World. The NY Times is signaling to the world that antisemitism is real, here and welcome,” wrote philanthropist Adam Milstein.

Imam Mohamad Tawhidi condemned the cartoon on social media, saying it was reminiscent of antisemitic Islamist texts comparing Jews and dogs. Others noted that while it had appeared online, it had been removed by Saturday afternoon. The New York Times Opinion Twitter account included an editor’s note that said the cartoon “included antisemitic tropes.”

The Times admitted that the image was “offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it.”

They said they had since deleted it online.

Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, reached out to the Times to express his outrage regarding the cartoon. An Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post that Dayan in his conversations made it clear that the cartoon was unacceptable, and that the fact it appeared on the paper is an escalation of the latest trend of displaying antisemitic tropes in the American public sphere.

Neither the Foreign Ministry nor the Prime Minister’s Office had any response to the cartoon.

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