Is NY Times Apology for Anti-Semitic Cartoon Real? Many Say ‘No’

April 28, 2019

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The editor of the New York Times issued a retraction on Monday for a blatantly anti-Semitic political cartoon published in the international print edition on Thursday but many are saying the response was not sufficient. Drawn by Portuguese cartoonist Antonio Antunes Moreira of the Lisbon-based Expresso newspaper, the cartoon depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog for a blind yarmulke-wearing President Donald Trump. Netanyahu’s collar features a blue Star of David.

The cartoon immediately attracted criticism, including from Donal Trump Jr., the president’s son, who tweeted: “Disgusting. I have no words for flagrant anti-Semitism on display here. Imagine this was in something other than a leftist newspaper?”

Seth Frantzman, op-ed editor for the Jerusalem Post, tweeted a breakdown of all the antisemitic elements of the image.

The American Jewish Committee responded that an apology was insufficient.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) compared the NYT to the notorious Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer, noting that the response was not, in fact, an apology.
“Some have termed this an apology – it is not, it is cold-blooded and at best descriptive,” CAMERA wrote. “Neither the word apology nor any synonym for apology is employed, and there is nothing about accountability or further steps the Times will take to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. This did not happen in a vacuum, but there is nothing about the responsible editor or editors being fired, or even disciplined.”
CAMERA noted that the artist has penned antisemitic cartoons in the past.

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