“This isn’t a dog whistle. This is a dog.”
The left’s alarming and increasingly blatant Anti-Semitism has reached new lows. The New York Times International edition published an absolutely appalling cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is featured as a dachshund, leading a presumably “blind” President Trump.
It is so horrifically offensive that the New York Times has since deleted the image online and issued an Editor’s Note explaining that publishing it was an “error in judgment” because the cartoon is “offensive” for containing “anti-Semitic tropes.” I’m not sure how effective such a note can possibly be since we have all just had (re)confirmed our worst fears about that publication.
The New York Times International Edition ran a cartoon 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 with a face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 25.
The cartoon was part of its Opinion section and appeared next to a column by Thomas Friedman about immigration.
The cartoon was condemned by numerous people over the weekend. It appeared on the April 25 edition but in Israel was available with the end of the Passover holiday, coinciding with the holiday and Shabbat, two days when many observant Jews were not active online.
The much deserved condemnation came from across the political and religious spectrum.
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 27, 2019
Disgusting. I have no words for flagrant anti-Semitism on display here. Imagine this was in something other than a leftist newspaper? https://t.co/3t47DW9OCB
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 27, 2019
I honestly cannot believe that an antisemitic cartoon like this is being published in a mainstream newspaper like the New York Times. In 2019. pic.twitter.com/7dzFjcYSp0
— Frances Weetman (@francesweetman) April 27, 2019
Pause to consider that the same reason the anti-Semitic cartoon in the international New York Times made it past several editors is the same reason the Left loves Ilhan Omar. They don’t care about anti-Semitism. They condone it.
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) April 27, 2019
When I first posted this, I was told it’s fake, because surely the New York Times wouldn’t publish something that resembled a cartoon from Der Stürmer, well we were wrong.This abhorrent Nazi-esq cartoon was published.The normalization of Jew hate continues & is being mainstreamed https://t.co/tGDbWwfXwM
— Kasim Hafeez (@kasim_hafeez) April 27, 2019
This cartoon, which appeared in The New York Times’ international edition yesterday, is vile and inexcusable, especially at a time when attacks against Jews around the world are reaching levels not seen in decades. pic.twitter.com/pFGgrwtBPu
— Melissa Weiss (@melissaeweiss) April 27, 2019
NY Times coverage of Israel has skewed so far to gross demonization and dehumanization of Israeli Jews, it is no surprise that this cartoon was published. pic.twitter.com/KtPJrfEms6
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 27, 2019
New York Times tradition of anti-Semitism on full display today. This is shocking even for the Times. https://t.co/a5fB28puxp
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 27, 2019
The New York Times issued the following tweet depicting the upcoming “Editor’s Note.”
An Editors' Note to appear in Monday’s international edition. pic.twitter.com/1rl2vXoTB3
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) April 27, 2019
Here is a screencap of the note itself via the above tweet.
It’s rather underwhelming and not going over well.
There is really no excuse for the New York Times to publish such a blatantly anti-Semitic image as the one in this cartoon. Not acceptable in any way. https://t.co/UVpoxSq0KD
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) April 27, 2019
This is true but too nice. Jews don't require an explanation or an acounting. This Der Sturmer cartoon in the @newyorktimes110 tells us all we need to know. It's time to make a clean break. https://t.co/izuFEVtDuA
— Caroline Glick (@CarolineGlick) April 27, 2019
Seth Frantzman, writing at the Jerusalem Post, has a scathing response to the NYT’s Editor’s Note. He begins by explaining that like most of us, when he first saw the cartoon and that it was in the NYT, he didn’t think it was real.
At a time of rising antisemitism, when we have become increasingly exposed to the notion of dog whistles and tropes that are antisemitic, when there is a lively and active debate about this issue in the US, The New York Times International Edition did the equivalent of saying “hold my beer.”
. . . . I didn’t believe the cartoon was real when I first saw it. Many of my colleagues didn’t believe it either. I spent all day Saturday trying to track down a hard copy. I phoned friends, I got a PDF of the edition, and even then I didn’t believe it.
I had to see for myself. So I drove to a 24-hour supermarket. There on the newsstand was the April 25 edition. I flipped gingerly through, fearing to see Page 16.
And then I found it. It stared back at me: That horrid image of a blind US President Donald Trump with a yarmulke being led by a dog with the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Worse, the dog was wearing a Star of David as a collar.
This is what The New York Times thinks of us Israelis. Even if they subsequently said it was an error, they thought it was okay to print a cartoon showing the US president being blindly led by the “Jewish dog”?
And not only that, those who watched as it went to print thought it was fine to put a Jewish skullcap on the US president. Dual loyalty? No need to even wrestle with that question.
It used to be that we were told that Trump was fostering “Trump antisemitism” and driving a new wave of antisemitism in the US. But the cartoon depicts him as a Jew. Well, which is it? Is he fostering antisemitism, or is he now a closet Jew being led by Israel, depicted as a Jewish dog? We used to say that images “conjured up memories” of 1930s antisemitism. This didn’t conjure it up; this showed us exactly what it looked like.
Frantzman then tackles the pathetic, reductive Editor’s Note.
. . . . The New York Times acknowledged this in a kind of pathetic way. They admitted that the cartoon “included antisemitic tropes.” It then noted, “The image was offensive and it was an error of judgement to publish it.”
That’s not enough. An error of judgment would imply that it was just a kind of mistake. “Tropes” would imply that to some people it is antisemitic, but that it’s not clear as day.
But this is clear as day.
This isn’t like some story of unclear antisemitism. This isn’t a dog whistle. This is a dog. This is antisemitic on numerous levels. It’s time to say no more. It’s time to say “They shall not pass.”
This should be a defining moment. It is a defining moment because one of America’s most prestigious newspapers did this, not some small town newspaper somewhere.
Over at the Spectator, Dominic Green provides his own scathing commentary before offering his take on what the NYT should say instead of resting on “tropes” and an “error of judgment.”
What the Times should have said was:
‘We ran a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon. At a time when anti-Jewish violence and incitement is at levels not seen since 1945, we chose to place gutter racism on our pages. We did this because plenty of our editors share the prejudice of this cartoon; if in doubt, look at our unsigned editorials.
‘We’re so soaked in this that none of us thought that it might be an error to publish a cartoon with clear precursors in fascist, communist, Arab nationalist and Islamist propaganda. Rather than explain this away in the passive tense, we’re going to name the editors who signed off on this cartoon, and fire them.’
Of course, the Times will do none of this.
That sounds about right, but as Green notes, it will never happen. Because it’s all true.DONATE
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