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NY Times Deletes Anti-Semitic Cartoon After It Sparks Outrage

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The New York Times Opinion backtracked Saturday morning on Twitter following the printing of an anti-Semitic political cartoon this past week.

The cartoon, which went to print in the Times’ international issue on Thursday, showed newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s face on the head of a seeing-eye-dog.

In the image, Netanyahu wears a dog collar adorned with a Star of David and his leash is held by a blind President Donald Trump, who wears black-framed glasses and a yarmulke.

The Times Opinion acknowledged pushback generated by the cartoon two days later, admitting that it “included anti-Semitic tropes” in a pictured Editor’s Note attached to a tweet.

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“The image was offensive, and it was an error in judgement to publish it,” Times Opinion wrote.

“It was provided by the New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it,” they continued.

A formal apology was never made, however, and the Times’ main Twitter account neither retweeted the Editor’s Note, nor addressed the cartoon or the ensuing backlash.

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Readers worldwide were outraged, and the partial apology was not well received — numerous social media users took the time to rebuke the cartoon and the Times’ response.

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“It’s sad that the @nytopinion would publish this anti-semitic filth but when two of the youngest Jewish American Congressional candidates send you an op-ed calling on #Congress to get serious & act immediately to fund #Holocaust #Education- you won’t publish it,” Bryan E. Leib tweeted. Leib is a member of the American Israeli Council.

Though the prime minister did not himself respond, the cartoon did catch the eye of Netanyahu’s son Yair.

“You are an anti Semitic news paper! The New York Times deliberately hid the news about the extermination of millions of Jews in Europe in WW2!” he wrote.

Another response even came from Imam Mohamad Tawhidi — a Muslim peace advocate — who went so far as to accuse the Times Opinion of printing content that served the “ISIS agenda.”

“If you’re wondering what type of photo ISIS’ Al-Baghdadi would hang on his wall, look no further than the @nytimes cartoon displaying Jewish people as dogs. Militant Islamist texts refer to Jewish people as ‘the ancestors of pigs, monkeys and dogs,'” Tawhidi wrote. “Shame.”

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Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He has since covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal, and now focuses his reporting on Congress and the national campaign trail. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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